Thousands of migrants who overwhelmed a southwestern Texas border town could stay in America, the White House said on Sept. 24.
The Biden administration confirmed no Haitian migrants are at a border camp in Del Rio, Texas.
“We have no migrants remaining in the camp under the International Bridge,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has already sent nearly 2,000 migrants to Haiti on 17 flights under the Trump-era public health order to prevent COVID-19 infections, Title 42. An estimated 8,000 migrants have returned to Mexico voluntarily.
“Migrants continue to be expelled and under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Title 42 authority … [which is] applicable to all irregular migration during this pandemic,” Mayorkas said. “If someone is not subject to Title 42 expulsion for the three reasons that I explained–acute vulnerability, operational capacity limitations, or a Convention Against Torture exception–then the individual is placed in immigration proceedings.”
Most of the asylum seekers in question have already started the immigration process. These people have an “acute vulnerability” and need immediate medical attention.
“Approximately 12,400 will have cases heard by an immigration judge to make a determination on whether they will be removed, or permitted to remain in the United States,” Mayorkas said. “Just over 5,000 are being processed by DHS to determine whether they will be expelled or placed in immigration removal proceedings under Title 8.”
Those without a valid reason to stay in the United States will be expelled.
The refugee camp was recently expanded to shelter 15,000 people. However, nearly 30,000 migrants have passed through since Sept. 9. The secretary described this figure as “unprecedented.”
NEW: 12,400 migrants in Del Rio have been placed in immigration proceedings & permitted to remain in the U.S. while they seek legal asylum @DHSgov Sec. Mayorkas says.— Nicole Sganga (@NicoleSganga) September 24, 2021
8,000 have returned to Mexico, voluntarily.
5,000 are currently being processed, some of whom may be expelled. pic.twitter.com/9gOJuI9HWj