Wednesday, July 6

Title 42 survives and despairs migrants waiting in Tijuana

  • A Louisiana judge has stopped the attempt to stop the application of the rule

The brake to the conclusion of the application of Title 42rule used by the United States to expressly expel undocumented immigrants during the covid-19 pandemic, took away the hope of thousands of migrants who were waiting for the end of the measure for this Monday, May 23. A good part of the migrants had focused on the fact that finally their crossing would take place through Mexico’s Tijuana to California and with this they would end the uncertainty that prevails on the northern border of Mexico. Since Sunday and during this Monday, the voices of migrants have been heard through demonstrations and press conferences, where they have exposed the risks to which they are exposed not only in terms of violence, but also in mental health problems, in addition to the few options to find work and decent housing in the city.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced weeks ago the end of Title 42 for May 23, but last Friday Louisiana Judge Robert Summerhays suspended preparations to rescind it and last Friday definitively annulled his lifting. Title 42 is a quick deportation measure for undocumented immigrants protected by the pandemic imposed by the CDC in 2020, during Donald Trump’s term (2017-2021), and which remained in force under the Biden Administration.

Complicated situation

Augustin Sadrack, a Haitian migrant who has been in the city for four years and who was confident that he could finalize his asylum process, considered in an interview with EFE that the continuity of Title 42 “is bad for us”, because “we are living a very complicated life here”. He pointed out that since the announcement, last Friday, that this measure would not end, migrants no longer know what else they can do “because there are many people who sleep on the street, who cannot have a house to live in and there are many children living with their parents who can’t find enough to eat and live well.

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His compatriot, Jocelyn Rhau, who has been in Mexico for two years, agreed that the asylum situation for them is complicated. “We see it as difficult,” said Rhau, after migrants of other nationalities, such as Ukrainians, who have been arriving in recent months and have been able to cross into the United States. “We can’t cross, I don’t know how we’re going to make it so that we can cross, let’s hope they help us migrants, because Haitians are suffering a lot and life is very complicated,” she said.

there will be more problems

Jessé, who is a migrant and at the same time collaborates with the organization Espacio Migrante, explained to EFE that the problem he perceives is that once again “a series of problems and risks for migrants“, which implies that they envision new possibilities for their attention. “Here we live problems that have to do with police arrests for racial profiling, many people who have mental health problems and that they are not being treated, and in the medical part, many do not have insurance to go to hospitals, to which is added the rental costs that rise when they are people of color,” he stressed.

Activists such as Soraya Vázquez from the organization Al Otro Lado, told the media that it should not be ignored that “this migration policy has caused thousands of people to be in dangerous border areas, where governments have not implemented comprehensive policies to your attention”. For this reason, he said, not only “we question the United States Government” for allowing this type of practice “which is discriminatory,” but also the Mexican Government “which made itself available and has been an accomplice of the United States Government, affecting the lives of of thousands of people seeking asylum.

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According to data shared by activist Psyche Calderón Vargas, from the Refugee Health Alliance organization, Title 42 has blocked almost 2 million people from applying for asylum in the United States since March 2020, when the measure was instructed by Donald Trump. He condemned before the media the decision made by federal judge Robert Summerhays of Louisiana to block the end of this measure, since he considers that “it is based on the costs that this would cause to the United States and not on public health,” as they have been justifying “Contrary to what they intend with it, what Title 42 generates is that people try to cross multiple times through various places on the border, which increases the risk of death and endangers the most vulnerable people such as the children and sick people,” he said.

In this sense, the organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Mexico denounced this Monday that Title 42 is a norm “that It has nothing to do with health or the pandemic and it is only a measure for the massive expulsion of migrants”.

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