On Monday, May 8, 2023, Texas deployed a special border force at the Mexican border in preparation for the expiration of Title 42 policy. The Texas Tactical Border Force is a new National Guard unit, which is specially trained to target “hot spots” where migrant surges are anticipated to happen once Title 42 ends. As part of this security measure, the force will have access to aircraft, boats, night vision equipment, and riot gear.
Additionally, the Biden administration will be sending its own troops to the border this week.
Legal Options for Migrants Seeking Asylum
Title 42, a Trump-era legislation, is set to expire on May 11, 2023, at 11:59 pm. For three years, this policy allowed US authorities to expel migrants attempting to cross the border under the justification of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the policy lifted, a surge of migrants at the border is highly likely. Migrants will now have the ability to request asylum as well.
The Biden administration has rolled out multiple legal pathways targeted at those seeking to enter the United States including:
These options are all viable options for migrants seeking asylum. In order to avoid deportation and the potential ineligibility of future immigration statuses, it is advised that individuals try to abide by these legal paths before entering the country illegally. This may look different in each circumstance, which is why it is important to discuss your options with an asylum attorney.
Asylum Attorney Near You
While there are still uncertainties regarding the fate of migrants as Title 42 ends, there are still many legal pathways available for those seeking asylum in the United States.
For over 40 years, Reeves Immigration Law Group has served the immigrant community, advising individuals and their families on humanitarian visas, temporary visas, citizenship, and everything in between. Our team of California immigration attorneys are well versed in immigration and nationality law, allowing them to provide successful outcomes reflective of an individual’s circumstances.
Contact us today to speak to a California immigration attorney on asylum options or any other immigration needs.