Migrants rush across US border in final hours before Title 42 expires


Ivan Pierre Aguirre/The New York Times

Migrants wait in lines to be processed by U.S. Border Patrol agents after crossing from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, into El Paso, Texas, May 11, 2023. Officials are trying to stem an influx of asylum seekers as Title 42, which allowed border agents to swiftly remove migrants on public health grounds, lifts at midnight.

MATAMOROS, Mexico - Migrants rushed across the Mexico border Thursday, racing to enter the U.S. before pandemic-related asylum restrictions are lifted in a shift that threatens to put a historic strain on the nation's beleaguered immigration system.

The Biden administration was dealt a potentially serious legal setback late Thursday when a federal judge temporarily blocked its attempt to more quickly release migrants when Border Patrol holding stations are full.

The imminent end of the rules known as Title 42 stirred fear among migrants that the changes would make it more difficult for them to stay in the U.S.



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