Texas Tactical Border Force announced ahead of Title 42 expiration at US-Mexico border
Eight Venezuelan migrants tragically lost their lives on Sunday in Brownsville, Texas, after being struck by a driver. The incident resulted in 10 additional injuries. All of the victims were migrant workers waiting for the end of Title 42, an emergency measure restricting immigration due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is set to expire on May 11th with the end of the public health emergency.
As the government prepares for an expected ramp-up in border crossings, potentially up to 10,000 per day, Governor Greg Abbott is set to announce a new specialized border response force called the Texas Tactical Border Force. This morning’s announcement will take place at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and aims to address the ongoing migrant crisis.
On May 2nd, the Department of Defense announced that 1,500 active-duty troops would be deployed to assist border patrol officers. This move comes amid rising concern about the surge in migrants crossing the border and into the United States and reflects the Biden administration’s commitment to address the issue.
The new expedited removal process announced by the administration aims to prevent migrants from returning for five years. This should be implemented with another previously announced policy that requires migrants to prove that they have sought refuge in another country before arriving in the U.S.
Governor Abbott was quoted as saying, “President Trump has sent soldiers to the border to protect the border. President Biden is sending 1,500, quote, ‘soldiers’ to do paperwork. This is not going to secure the border. We need 1,500 soldiers, we need 15,000 or 150,000 to secure the border due to the Biden administration’s open border policies. This is a day late and tens of thousands of soldiers are too few.”
Title 42 has allowed the government to expel migrants from the southern border more than 2.7 million times. On Monday, Governor Abbott is expected to provide further details on the Texas Tactical Border Force and his efforts to address the ongoing crisis. Catch live updates on Governor Abbott’s announcement by watching Good Day Austin.
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