El Paso, Texas: The mayor of a border city in Texas declared a state of emergency Saturday amid concerns about the community’s ability to handle the expected influx of migrants across the southern border.
El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser issued a state of emergency declaration allowing the U.S. city on the border with Mexico to utilize additional resources expected to become necessary after Title 42 evictions end on Wednesday, December 21 el paso times reports.
Leeser had previously declined to issue an emergency declaration, but said he took action after seeing temperatures drop below freezing for people on downtown streets. Second-rate reports.
“That’s not how we treat people,” Lisse said at a news conference Saturday night.
A ruling Friday by the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals means restrictions that have prevented hundreds of thousands of migrants from seeking asylum in the United States in recent years will still be lifted on Wednesday unless further appeals are filed.
Growth after Wednesday will be “incredible,” Leeser added, when daily arrests and street releases could reach 6,000 a day, Second-rate reports.
Mario D’Agostino, El Paso’s deputy city manager, said declaring a state of emergency would give the city more flexibility in operating a larger shelter operation and providing additional transportation for asylum seekers.