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El Paso, Texas is considering declaring a state of emergency in response to the growing number of migrants crossing the southern border and entering the city.
The city announced in a press release Wednesday that city officials are asking the mayor to sign an emergency declaration to raise money and resources from state and federal governments. The city council is expected to vote next week.
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“We are extremely grateful to all of our partners, including NGOs, county, state and federal leaders who understand the extraordinary collaborative lift that is needed,” said Deputy City Manager Mario D’Agostino. , in a press release.
City and county officials, as well as the Office of Emergency Management, have been looking for spaces that NGOs and government agencies can use.
“I hope the federal government rises to the occasion,” Ruben Garcia, the city’s immigrant shelter manager, told the New York Post. Garcia warned that the lack of sufficient space in shelters could mean migrants with young children with them will soon be on the streets.
Migrants already find themselves with nowhere to go, due to lack of space in shelters and the local Border Patrol processing center. On Sunday, more than 100 migrants found themselves without a place to stay.
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The number of migrants trying to cross the border, which has skyrocketed under the Biden administration, is expected to explode in the coming days as President Biden plans to lift the Title 42 public health order that has already been used to prevent around 1.7 million people from entering. country due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Elimination of order, which allowed rapid deportation of migrants, should lead to more people trying to enter the United States