As Title 42 Immigration Law changes, thousands of migrants are making their way towards the US border.
The law that allowed for the rapid expulsion of immigrants has expired.
Many people are concerned that the new entry restrictions, which will replace, will make it more difficult to enter the US.
If they don’t apply online or seek asylum in the country they crossed to get to the United States, they won’t be allowed into the United States.
Those who cross the border illegally will not be allowed to enter the US for at least five years. If they do return, they may face criminal charges.
The number of people who crossed the border before midnight was a record.
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As the time for Title 42 expired, tens of thousands of migrants made their way through Mexico to the north in order to reach border crossings.
Sky News saw several hundred migrants being rounded by US Border Patrol agents at El Paso, Texas. They then escorted the migrants onto buses and transported them to a nearby centre for processing.
Many migrants were left stranded in recent weeks. Even those who have been given court dates for claiming asylum must wait, sometimes up to four years.
Sky News in El Paso spoke with Yandel Makenzie from Venezuela who said he had slept on the street outside Sacred Heart Church, for 15 days.
The court has given him a date to appear in court for his asylum request, but it is not until 2027.
I have the documents with the dates of the 2027 court. The judge will be hearing the case at 8:30am. We need bus fares to get us to our destination,” said he.
Wilmer Romero said, “Look at our situation. I want to leave now.”
We’re sleeping on a floor and eating what we can get our hands on. “We came to this country in order to move forward, but that is just life. It’s what we have to endure to be able to do something with our own lives.”
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Maryeli Rivas traveled to El Paso, Texas with her two young children.
She said: “My trip has been difficult because I am alone with my kids and we have had some scary experiences. I was alone with my children and no one helped me get here.
“I had a lot happen to me on the train and then when I arrived in Mexico, I decided to surrender myself and was held for four days. I’ve been in Mexico for over a month because I couldn’t travel. It’s tough.”
Human rights groups criticised the new rules. They said they assumed incorrectly that migrants from countries other than the US would be safe, and that an online application system, which has proven unworkable by the majority, was efficient.
The restrictions will be introduced alongside other measures that encourage immigrants to enter the US legally.
The US is planning to establish immigration centres in various countries, as well as expanding the “humanitarian parole”, which will allow 30,000 people from Haiti, Cuba and Venezuela each month.
The scheme allows them to stay in the US and work for two years with the help of a sponsor.