On Tuesday, federal agents spread out across the streets of El Paso, Texas, in search of migrants who had been congregating at shelters and churches in the southern border town.
These individuals were hopeful of remaining in the United States before the expiration of a border-control policy established during the Trump administration, which is set to end on Thursday, the Miami Herald reported.
The enforcement operation, carried out by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, coincided with a fresh wave of migrants from countries such as Venezuela, Haiti, and Cuba rushing to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has made it clear that without an appointment via their new CBP One app, no individuals will be allowed to enter a U.S. port of entry.
However, despite such assertions, migrants persist in surging toward the border, aiming to beat the approaching deadline.
They hope to avoid the potential consequences of stricter immigration enforcement, including the possibility of being barred from re-entry or being denied the opportunity to apply for asylum for a period of five years.
Written by staff