May 24, 2024

El Paso, Texas, ‘at breaking point’ amid refugee migrant arrivals

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Border City in Texas pleads for help amid a dramatic increase in asylum seekers crossing into the US from Mexico.

Thousands of refugees and migrants are continuing to cross the United States border from Mexico, pushing the city of El Paso in the state of Texas “to a breaking point” and leaving President Joe Biden’s administration scrambling to stem the influx of people.

However, nearly 9,000 people made the crossing on Saturday, according to officials, marking one of the highest rates of arrivals in recent months.

Oscar Leeser, the mayor of El Paso, said more than 2,000 people were seeking asylum in the city per day, up from 350–400 as recently as six weeks ago, straining resources and filling up shelters.

Over the past 10 days, the city has worked with the US Border Patrol to provide shelter for 6,500 people, he said.

“The city of El Paso only has so many resources, and we have come to a breaking point right now,” Leeser told a news conference.

The influx of asylum seekers, mostly from Venezuela, Honduras, and Haiti, is part of a larger swell of migrants who have traveled dangerous routes on buses and cargo trains to Mexican border towns near the cities of El Paso and Eagle Pass in Texas, as well as San Diego in California. Many are searching for opportunity or escaping hunger, violence, or political turmoil in their home countries.

In conclusion, the number of people seeking asylum in the US has plummeted in recent months following the announcement of new restrictions in May, but the recent dramatic increase has put the Biden administration on its heels again. Read More

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