Live from the US-Mexico border after expiration of Title 42
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The pandemic-era Title 42 policy to block immigrants at the southern border, has officially expired. Thursday evening, officials around the county are asking for federal aid, even as the White House rolls out new rules.
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced a new rule in the wake of the expiring Title 42 which requires refugees and migrants to first seek and be denied asylum in another country before reaching the United States.
While Title 42 was in place, 2.7 million illegal immigrants were deported from the country. Former President Donald Trump called the policy very “successful.”
Friday morning, law enforcement officials began transporting migrants from the US-Mexico border in San Ysidro to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley to be sheltered. But the wait to get transported is extremely long.
KUSI’s Lindsey Fukano was live at the US-Mexico border in San Ysidro capturing the scene live on Good Morning San Diego.
KUSI’s Jason Austell was also at the border in San Ysidro, where he caught up with former United States Border Patrol Agent, Chris Harris.
Immigration Attorney Esther Valdes-Clayton described the process these immigrants are about to go through, and how the federal government’s policies have failed the system.