A businesswoman in the border city of El Paso begged President Biden to secure the southern border in an interview with MSNBC. The city is one of a number of border towns where a state of emergency has been declared ahead of the expiration of Title 42 later this month, which is expected to accelerate the already massive influx of migrants.
“I have lived here for over 38 years and I have never seen anything like this in El Paso,” businesswoman Claudia Rodriguez told MSNBC. “This is unsustainable, it’s not normal, please help us and enough with the politics of it.”
An El Paso businesswoman begs Biden to secure the southern border:
"I have lived here for over 38 years and I've never seen anything like this … Please help us — and enough with the politics of it." pic.twitter.com/7Tfj6RyjKN
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 4, 2023
MSNBC reporter Gabe Gutierrez showed footage of the hundreds of migrants currently idling around El Paso, adding many are sleeping on the streets.
“There’s a large crowd of migrants gathering over there that just called for paramedics because one of the migrants apparently suffered a medical episode after sleeping here over night,” Gutierrez reported.
“This is pretty incredible. I’ve been here several months ago, but the number of migrants here is significantly higher. It’s not just this block, it extends for blocks and blocks,” he said while panning over the massive crowd.
MSNBC actually covering the crisis at the Southern Border after El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser declared a state of emergency:
"I've been her several months ago, but the number of migrants here, significantly higher. It's not just this block, but extends for blocks and blocks." pic.twitter.com/q2dSUhZOWz
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 3, 2023
The end of Title 42 — a Trump-era immigration policy that allowed federal health authorities to deny entry to asylum seekers in order to halt the spread of communicable diseases — is set to expire on May 11.
El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser reported that roughly 1,000 illegal immigrants are currently arriving at the border on a daily basis, citing local data. Officials predict 10,000 to 12,000 migrants will try to seek asylum at the border on May 11, with the volume expected to rise.
In response to the projected surge, President Biden has authorized the deployment of 1,500 troops along the southern border. The troops will be performing administrative and transportation duties for at least 90 days in order to provide relief for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.