CNN reporter Rosa Flores had a difficult time expressing her surprise at the sheer numbers of illegal migrants flooding into El Paso, Texas.
As she broadcast from a local church, Flores said, “It’s difficult to describe, Jim, with words…the magnitude of the number of individuals.” And the city is expecting the situation to get dramatically worse in the coming days.
May 11 will mark the end of the successful Trump-era Title 42 immigration restrictions. This policy allowed the quick removal of illegal migrants as a way to protect the U.S. from possible infections being carried across the southern border.
But that is about to be history, and El Paso’s Democratic Mayor Oscar Leeser said his city is “getting prepared now for what we call the unknown.” A state of emergency is already in effect as officials anticipate tens of thousands of illegal migrants.
The declaration assists city officials with setting up emergency shelters and being eligible for federal funds.
There are currently hundreds of migrants occupying sidewalks around the downtown Sacred Heart Catholic Church. El Paso’s Opportunity Center for the Homeless reported that it is overflowing with migrants.
And with thousands already there, unconfirmed reports put the number of migrants waiting to cross the border from Juarez at 35,000. The asylum seekers are housed in tent camps that line the streets near the Juarez city hall.
It is also near the Paso Del Norte Bridge into the U.S.
The Biden administration is expected to send 1,500 active-duty soldiers to the Mexican border in the days leading up to Title 42’s expiration. The military personnel will reportedly conduct data entry, warehouse support, and other jobs while Customs and Border Protection does field work.
In a related development, mayors of so-called “sanctuary” cities are lashing out at both federal officials and Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Chicago’s outgoing Lori Lightfoot pleaded for relief, claiming her city is out of space and resources.
New York City’s Eric Adams went a giant step further when he deployed the race card.
Adams said Monday that the Texas governor is “playing politics with people’s lives” as he ships illegal migrants to New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Denver.
Then he continued with “it is impossible to ignore the fact that Abbott is now targeting five cities, run by Black mayors.” Adams added that, “Put plainly, Abbott is using this crisis to hurt Black-run cities.”