Migrants gathered in Mexico plan to cross the border after the extension of the title 42

Migrants amassed in Mexico are in desperate need of relief and say they have waited patiently but now plan to cross into the United States illegally now that Title 42 has been extended.

In the border town of Juarez, asylum seekers say they risked everything and spent every penny they had to get to the United States. A woman showed the Post wounds to her feet after traveling hundreds of miles to the border and a man showed a monkey bite suffered on his perilous journey through the dangerous jungles of Central America to get to the border.

They are among 20,000 people who, according to the mayor of neighboring El Paso, are waiting to come to his city when Title 42 ends. The pandemic-era policy has been in place since 2020 and allows people from certain countries to be automatically turned back by border agents and sent back to Mexico or their country of origin.

Throughout 2022, Venezuelans fleeing its deteriorating economy and failing leadership swarmed US borders and were allowed to stay and seek asylum if they had a valid claim.

After the extension of Title 42, some migrants plan to take matters into their own hands and cross the border illegally.
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Then Mexico agreed to take in Venezuelan migrants deported from the United States in October and it was added to the list of Title 42 countries. Since then, its citizens have been forced to wait in Mexico. As news of the decision to retain the 42 title spread on Tuesday, the Venezuelans of Juarez came together to discuss what it meant to them.

“I want to do things legally; they owe us the right to at least seek asylum,” said Carlos Mojollon, speaking of the US government.

The Venezuelan mechanical engineer hopes to apply for a permit to work in Mexico while waiting for the title 42, but he was in the minority.

A migrant was bitten by a monkey in the Darien Gap on his way to the United States.
A migrant was bitten by a monkey in the Darien Gap on his way to the United States.
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The Supreme Court recently ordered to expand Title 42.
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Luz Moztardo, 25, arrived in Juarez five days ago with her husband and two young children aged 1 and 3. They, too, were waiting for Title 42 to expire and surrender to border authorities. They left their hotel Tuesday morning, hoping to be in El Paso by nightfall.

With two young children, Moztardo said they would enter illegally if they had to and spoke of his hopes of making it to New York where friends await.

The number of children fleeing Venezuela underscores the humanitarian crisis on the border, as toddlers live on donated food and sleep outside in freezing temperatures.

A mother holds her child while waiting at the Mexico-US border on December 27.
A mother holds her child while waiting at the Mexico-US border on December 27.
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Once people turn to illegal methods, they usually rely on cartel-linked smugglers to sneak into the country, which can be extremely dangerous and involve significant risks – like having to cross six-lane highways or suffocate in trucks stuffed with other stowaways. It can also lead to migrants falling into debt with cartels and being coerced into a life of sex work, being used as drug mules or committing other crimes.

Title 42 has been used in millions of cases and, in fiscal year 2022 alone, was used to stop approximately 40% of the 2.4 million people who attempted to cross the border. It was ordered to expire on December 21 by a federal judge and authorities on both sides of the border prepared for it by drafting in additional troops and border agents, but last-minute appeals led to the policy being maintained. in place until at least February.

The Department of Homeland Security, the parent agency of the U.S. Border Patrol, didn’t mince words Tuesday night on who it believes needs to resolve the border crisis.

“We will continue to manage the border, but we do so within the confines of a decades-old immigration system that everyone agrees is broken. We need Congress to pass the comprehensive immigration reform legislation that President Biden proposed the day he took office,” the agency said in a statement.

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