US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Majorkas held a press conference in Brownsville, Texas, where he went to meet with border officials and conduct various investigations before the legal regulation called “Article 42” was repealed.
Noting that the number of irregular migrants, especially from Venezuela, has increased for an unknown reason in recent weeks, Majorkas said, “The situation at the border is very serious. The officials working here are facing extremely difficult conditions.” he said.
“This is a regional challenge that spans the entire western hemisphere and the region, it requires regional solutions, not just the southern border of the US,” the Secretary of Homeland Security said. used the phrases.
Noting that they took every precaution for the security of the borders after the implementation of Article 42, which will end on May 11, Majorkas reminded that agreements were made with South American countries, especially Mexico, to take back irregular migrants.
Emphasizing that people who want to seek asylum in the USA should establish their request through legal means, Majorkas warned that the process would be extremely difficult for irregular migrants entering the border after Article 42 was abolished.
“Basically, we have been operating within a broken immigration system that has been in dire need of reform for decades.” Majorcas also called on Congress to fix the current immigration system.
Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz also shared at the press conference that in addition to the 2,500 national guards currently on duty along the border, 1500 soldiers, which were announced to be sent to the region this week, will be deployed to the El Paso region of Texas.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it would deploy 1,500 troops to the country’s southern border on May 2 to support internal immigration authorities as Article 42 expires.
COVID-19 pandemic and public health
The “Article 42” regulation, which constitutes a part of the public health law, which was put into practice by the administration of former President Donald Trump in 2020 due to the “public health” due to the COVID-19 epidemic, was used to deport irregular immigrants who demand humanitarian protection to Mexico by being rejected.
The current Joe Biden administration in the USA had also decided to continue the practice with the promise of designing a “humane asylum system”.
Republicans accuse the Biden administration of not taking adequate measures on issues such as illegal immigration, human and drug trafficking, while some Democrats accuse Biden’s new policies as being “anti-immigrant”, not to mention the Trump era.
According to the information shared by the US Border Patrol, most of the irregular immigrants are deported in less than 2 hours under the law in order to prevent the spread of Kovid-19.
In the US media, it is stated that approximately 7,000 irregular migrants have arrived daily from the country’s southern border in recent days, and this number is expected to increase in the coming weeks.