The feeling was right. After the severe limitation on irregular immigration of the last three years in the United States expired due to the pandemic, the predicted avalanche did not occur on Friday. In fact, instead of the invasion, the influx of undocumented immigrants fell to at least 20% compared to the previous days of this week.
Did the Biden administration’s threats that there was no open bar and that they would be very tough on express deportations work?
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Is it just a mirage, the calm before the storm?
While waiting for these questions to have their answers, what was verified at the beginning of this new era for the US immigration system, broken and battered by the confrontation between political factions, is that the entry points on the southern border with Mexico were crowded with people, including many families with children, who had crossed the Rio Grande as best they could.
Without the hell that was announced, there was a relative tranquility and a certain order in the whole process.
The official data offered yesterday Saturday indicated that border agents detained between 7,500 and 8,000 immigrants who tried to access this Friday without meeting the urgently established requirements to request asylum, a rule denounced in court by pro-immigrant activists.
These numbers are below the 10,000 that were registered on Thursday and the 11,000 that were recorded both on Tuesday and Wednesday, a situation that raised fears of a total debacle due to the saturation of the processing centers if that amount was within the range of the 13,000 or 14,000.
President Joe Biden, who, fearing what was to come, accepted that there would be chaos, took a breather as he watched things unfold in this humanitarian crisis with ramifications stretching across the country, far from Texas.
Cities like New York and Chicago are in a state of emergency due to the constant flow of immigrants arriving with nothing, many “packaged” on buses from conservative states.
Various analysts warned this Saturday that it is too early to be able to speak of a change in trend. Many consider that this slowdown in the arrival of undocumented immigrants may be based on a matter of precaution.
It is possible that a good part of those who dream of reaching their particular Eldorado have decided to take a break to see how things develop in this new period in the US.
And while there hasn’t been the increase that was predicted, the clogging problem still exists. Thousands of people, at least 24,000, are in the border patrol (CBP) facilities, almost at their maximum capacity, near collapse. But, despite this emergency situation, the conservative groups are using all their resources to further complicate the matter for the federal executive.
The Department of Justice confirmed that it has filed an allegation against the order of Florida Judge T.Kent Wetherell, appointed by then-President Donald Trump, who blocked the release of immigrants once processed on the condition that they attend the court date. .
This judicial measure, also requested in Texas, would mean that the immigrants would continue in the centers instead of placing them in the hands of non-profit organizations or family members as is done. “Claims that CBP allows or encourages mass releases of immigrants are categorically false,” the government said.
Meanwhile, in Congress, the possibility of an agreement is an unattainable Everest.