In one border crossing on a patch of American soil in El Paso between the Rio Grande and the border wall, Texas Tribune reporter Uriel J. Garcia wrote that hundreds of migrants were standing in ragged lines waiting near a gate in the wall for their turn to pass. (Related: Drone footage shows makeshift camps built along Rio Grande by migrants waiting for Title 42 to end.)
Nearby, away from the prying eyes of Border Patrol and National Guard, a group of Venezuelan and Colombian illegals attempted to wade through a shallow part of the Rio Grande before being told by National Guardsmen to try a different border crossing some five miles east where agents may let them pass.
Similar situations are occurring all across the roughly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border. Federal, state, local and border officials alike have implemented a series of policies to prepare for what they fear will be a chaotic crisis as tens of thousands of migrants who have been forced to wait in and around border cities in Mexico attempt to cross the border following the end of Title 42.
In El Paso, hundreds of migrants have been already in line at the border wall gate waiting for Border Patrol agents to apprehend them for processing when the deadline came at 9:59 p.m. local time on Thursday. Whenever agents took small groups of people through the gate and into the U.S., the entire group of several hundred migrants applauded and cheered.
In the lead-up to the end of Title 42, triggered by the expiration of the national COVID-19 public health emergency, border officials have seen a spike in illegal immigrants. The Border Patrol has recorded around 10,000 apprehensions on some days in the week leading up to the expiration of Title 42.
On Thursday, May 11, Border Patrol noted that there were nearly 25,000 illegals housed in holding facilities and tents all along the border, despite the agency only with the capacity on paper to hold several thousand individuals at any given time.
Furthermore, Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz warned that tens of thousands of migrants are currently on the Mexican side of the border attempting to cross into the United States.
"Upwards of 60,000 migrants we project are staging in and around the immediate border area," said Ortiz in an interview in El Paso. "So, we're focused on ensuring that we're doing everything we can to allocate resources to address those flows."
Ortiz said due to the immense overcrowding and the pressure coming from the tens of thousands more migrants that need to be processed, Border Patrol units are rapidly releasing migrants without court dates so long as they have been vetted and cleared.
"We are over capacity in several of the sectors," said Ortiz. "And so we're working closely with our NGO [non-government organization] partners, our communities to make sure that we release those migrants after they've been vetted and cleared, and they pose no significant threat to the community."
During the first six months of the current fiscal year, which began in October 2022, apprehensions by border officials at the southern border have already hit 1.2 million and are on course to break last fiscal year's record of 2.3 million apprehensions from October 2021 to September 2022.
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