Border towns fear mass migrant influx ahead of Title 42’s end – Thelocalreport.in

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(NewsNation) — Border communities are expecting a deluge of migrants coming across the US border ahead of the end of Title 42 restrictions.

Title 42 is a pandemic-era policy that allows agents working on the US border to expel migrants from certain countries back to their home countries without allowing them to seek asylum.

In El Paso, thousands of people crossed the border, with US Border Patrol already reporting an average of 2,400 encounters a day over the weekend in the sector. According to one city dashboard,

more than 1,200 migrants were released into the community Tuesday alone.

Residents told NewsNation they were seeing migrants on their properties in increased numbers, making some feel unsafe.

“These helicopters are just flying over our neighborhood and it almost feels like we’re at war,” Carmen Wilburn, an El Paso resident, said. “I don’t even want my granddaughter to stay here — it’s scary.”

Just down the street, Josie Martinez said she has gotten approached by undocumented men and women roaming her neighborhood.

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