Title 42 was a law that permitted the United States to restrict entry to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. To encourage migrants to enter the country legally, stricter restrictions will soon be implemented.
As a result of the amendments to Title 42, thousands of migrants have made their way to the U.S. border.
The rule that allowed for the expeditious expulsion of migrants has now expired.
As a result of the ambiguity and misinformation surrounding the alteration of entry restrictions, many are concerned that it will make it more difficult to enter the United States.
Anyone discovered illegally crossing the border will be barred from returning to the United States for five years, and if they do, they will face criminal prosecution.
As the clock ran out on Title 42, tens of thousands made their way north through Mexico toward border crossings.
Many migrants have been left stranded in recent weeks. Even those who are given court dates to claim asylum are sometimes required to wait up to four years.
Venezuelan Yandel Makenzie told El Paso he spent 15 days in the street outside the Sacred Heart Church.
A court date for his asylum application has been scheduled for 2027.
“I have the court schedules for 2027. The judge will hear the case at 8.30 a.m. “We require bus fare to reach our destination,” he stated.
His Venezuelan friend Wilmer Romero stated, “I want to leave immediately because of the dire circumstance we’re in.
We are sleeping on the floor and consuming whatever we can procure. We came to this country to progress and advance. But life is what we must endure to do something worthwhile with our lives.
Maryeli Rivas and her two young children traveled to El Paso.
She stated, “My journey has been a little difficult because I’m traveling alone with my children and we’ve had some frightening encounters. No one assisted me on my journey here, and no one attempted to assist me.
“On the train, several unfortunate events transpired, and when I arrived in Mexico, I decided to turn myself in and was detained for four days. I’ve been here for a month because I lacked the funds to travel. It’s been difficult.”
Human rights groups have criticized the new rules, arguing that they incorrectly assume the safety of migrants in countries outside the United States and the efficacy of an online application system that has proven ineffective for the overwhelming majority of applicants.
With a sponsor, they can work in the US for two years.