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El Paso Mayor Declares Emergency Over Migrant Influx

The mayor of El Paso, Tx., declared a state of emergency Saturday over concerns the city may not be able to manage a major influx of migrants from across the U.S.-Mexico border, Axios reports. Mayor Oscar Leeser said the city expects to see an increase in migrant arrivals with the ending of the Trump-era Title 42 that allowed the U.S. to expel migrants at the southern border without the chance for asylum. Leeser, who had resisted declaring a state of emergency, said "hundreds and hundreds" are sleeping on the streets in increasingly colder temperatures. "As we see the increase in asylum seekers into our community, and we see the temperatures dropping and we know that Title 42 — looks like it's going to be called back on Wednesday — we felt it was proper time today to call the state of emergency," Leeser said.

"I really believe that today our asylum seekers are not safe, as we have hundreds and hundreds on the street and that's not the way we want to treat people," the mayor said. The state of emergency declaration will allow the city to tap into additional resources and will allow it to operate expanded larger sheltering operations for migrants in response to dropping temperatures, said El Paso deputy city manager Mario D'Agostino. "It's for the safety of themselves — the migrants passing through our community — community members and everyone involved," D'Agostino said.


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