18 May 2022
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday that authorities were prepared for an anticipated increase in migrants crossing the border from Mexico. A federal judge or Congress may order that the pandemic-related asylum limits continue but Mayorkas offered public reassurances of being ready after a whirlwind tour of Texas' Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for illegal crossings.
Homeland Security has said it will prepare for as many as 18,000 daily crossings, compared to a daily average of about 7,800 in April. Mayorkas said during a visit to South Texas that DHS has surged personnel and equipment to the border region and erected new temporary detention facilities to process migrants under immigration statutes with the expiration of Title 42 next week.
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