Influx of migrants expected with expiration of Title 42
(KTEN) — The Multicultural Family Center in Sherman is preparing for the end of Title 42, and they believe more people will be entering the United States as a result.
"Migration is a human right," said Elias Soriano, the center's program director.
Title 42 is a Trump-era mandate that gave the federal government the authority to send migrants back to their home country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Biden administration is sending troops to the Mexico border anticipating an influx in immigration when the Title 42 restrictions expire next Tuesday, May 11.
"The fact is that the troops should have been deployed long time ago to the border," said Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma). "We should have continued building the wall to secure the border, and we need to keep Title 42 in place. We need all three things... not just one."
Mullin said the situation is a risk to national security.
"We have caught over 60 known terrorists because of Title 42, because Title 42 allows us to hold them for three days before we deport them and figure out who they actually are," he said.
The U.S. is anticipating a 60 percent surge at the border in the first 30 days after Title 42 is lifted.
"To me, the immigration needs to be stopped," said Kingston, Oklahoma, resident Kathy Brown. "They need to come here legally so that all this illegal stuff, because no one knows who is here."
The Multicultural Family Center expects thousands of asylum seekers to wind up in North Texas.
"We definitely need more volunteers to help us to screen their families and see if there is any benefits for them," Soriano said. "We received a very generous grant from the Texas Bar Foundation —$20,000 — that's going to help us screen a lot of these families seeking asylum."