(PartiallyPolitics.com) – On Friday Biden administration officials stated that the expiration of Title 42 does not appear to have led to an increase in migration. Still, asylum officers have been informed that they will need to work during the weekend in order to process all the claims.
Officials had expected to see a surge in migration following the expiration of Title 42, a pandemic public health order which allowed the U.S. to expel migrants without having to go through the asylum process. However, following the end of the measure, there did not appear to be an increase in migration dissimilar to the pattern that had already been occurring in the past week.
Blas Nuñez-Neto, chief operating officer at U.S. Customs and Border Protection during a call on Friday with reporters stated that currently “there are still high levels of non-citizens at the border” but that overnight there was no significant increase in those trying to cross.
Despite this, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) asylum officers were informed that they needed to work overtime on Saturday and Sunday. A USCIS official informed staff through an email that the current developments had made it clear that there is a need for increased staff during the weekend in order to facilitate the needs at the border.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday during a White House press briefing stated that they were aware of the challenges that would come in the following days and that they expect a surge in encounters, especially in specific sectors which could strain “our personnel, our facilities and our communities.”
Copyright 2023, PartiallyPolitics.com