Migrants Slip Over Mexico Border to Beat U.S. Court Ruling

Migrants Slip Over Mexico Border to Beat U.S. Court Ruling

Migrants Slip Over Mexico Border to Beat U.S. Court Ruling: Hundreds of migrants in northern Mexico were already taking matters into their own hands to cross the border illegally into the United States before the U.S. Supreme Court decided to maintain the policy on Tuesday.

Title 42, a divisive pandemic-era law, was set to expire on December 21. However, last-minute court delays left border policy in limbo and led an increasing number of migrants to feel they had little to lose by crossing.

Groups of migrants from Venezuela and other nations targeted by Title 42 decided to flee rather than wait out the uncertainty of the legal tug-of-war in U.S. courts after spending days in frigid border communities.

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Jhonatan, a Venezuelan immigrant who fled to El Paso, Texas, on Monday night with his wife and five children, ranging in age from 3 to 16, stated, “We ran, and we hid until we managed to make it.” Jhonatan stated over the phone, using only his first name, that he had already spent several months in Mexico and had no desire to enter the country illegally.

Related video: 1.6 million asylum petitions have been submitted by migrants in the United States (cbc.ca). Still, he couldn’t face the idea of failure after leading his family across Central America, into Mexico, and through the dangerous jungles of Darien in Panama.

To arrive here and then be sent back to Venezuela would be the icing on the cake, he told Reuters. A coalition of Republican state attorneys general sought to have a judge’s ruling dismissing Title 42 put on hold, and the U.S. Supreme Court granted their request on Tuesday. They had claimed that its elimination would lead to more border crossings.

The court announced that during its February session, it would hear arguments regarding whether the states might step in to defend Title 42. By the end of June, a decision should be made.

Images from Reuters last week showed migrants scurrying over a busy highway next to the border, one man holding a little child while wearing no shoes – the perilous crossing that worries migrant advocates.

Fernando Garcia, the director of the Border Network for Human Rights, stated, “We’re talking about people who come to request asylum… yet they’re still crossing the border in very risky ways.”

According to John Martin, the deputy director of the Opportunity Center for the Homeless in El Paso, a growing percentage of the migrants who have been housed there are those who entered illegally, including many Venezuelans.

The majority were formerly documented, but now he was witnessing the opposite. Before the Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday, Antonio, a Venezuelan migrant in Ciudad Juarez, said he was watching to see whether increased border patrol would stop working in the US and send money back to his country.

He declared, “We’re going to keep entering illegally if they don’t end Title 42.” Other migrants who crossed the border said they felt they had exhausted all of their choices.

Cesar, a Venezuelan immigrant in Tijuana who declined to give his last name, explained why he has tried sneaking through the border fence into the United States once and will try again by saying, “We don’t have a future in Mexico.”

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(Reporting from Ciudad Juarez by Jose Luis Gonzalez and Mexico City by Daina Beth Solomon; additional reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; editing by Dave Graham and Gerry Doyle)