Tuesday 17 May 2022 09:43 PM Mayorkas visits the border as Biden waits to see if federal judge will block ... trends now

Tuesday 17 May 2022 09:43 PM Mayorkas visits the border as Biden waits to see if federal judge will block ... trends now
Tuesday 17 May 2022 09:43 PM Mayorkas visits the border as Biden waits to see if federal judge will block ... trends now

Tuesday 17 May 2022 09:43 PM Mayorkas visits the border as Biden waits to see if federal judge will block ... trends now

Biden's Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas visits the border as White House waits to see if federal judge will block the end of Title 42 before May 23 Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas visited the southern border on Tuesday as the country prepares for an end of Title 42 on May 23 He met with border patrol agents as they brace for a massive migration influx   Customs and Border Protection officials made 234,088 stops on the Mexican border in April It is a 5.8% increase from 221,303 in March and represents a 22-year high The figure is expected to triple once Title 42 ends next week  Images emerged of migrants boarding a removal flight to Guatemala out of the Valley International Airport in Harlingen, Texas on Tuesday It was determined that they do not have a legal basis to remain in the U.S.

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Alejandro Mayorkas went to the southern border on Tuesday as the U.S. braces for a massive influx of migrants when Title 42 protections cease next week – pending any court action that may prevent the policy from ending.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary visited the areas within the Rio Grande Valley that are the most popular spots for migrants crossing into the U.S. and spoke with border officers, including U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz.

Mayorkas held a press conference at the border Tuesday afternoon where he noted that his trip Tuesday marks his tenth time to the border since becoming DHS secretary. 

His visit comes just days before Title 42 is set to end, which internal estimates predict will lead to a tripling in migration. It also comes the morning after Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released numbers for April encounters, which is the highest yet of Joe Biden's presidency.

'It is very important to note that while, of course, we are preparing for the end of Title 42 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's decision that it will end on May 23, that does not mean that the border is open beginning May 23,' Mayorkas insisted.

'We continue to enforce the laws of this country,' he added. 'We continue to remove individuals who do not qualify for relief under the laws of this country.'

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