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San Diego: Thousands of migrants released on streets by US Border Patrol

Washington DC, United States: An efficient system to shelter asylum-seekers have been developed in the largest US city on the Mexican border – San Diego. This system has been built over five years.

According to the reports, the US Customs and Border Protection has tested the system like never before. The authorities have released migrants to the streets of the second largest US city – California, because the shelters are full.

Reportedly, around 13,000 have been dropped at transit stations, along with notices to present in front of immigration court at their final destination, since September 13. It has been estimated that nearly 500 migrants are arriving on the daily basis.

A small fence separates densely populated Tijuana, Mexico from the United States in the Border Patrol | Credits: Google Images

It is to be known that before the migrants are released in San Diego, they are being waiting between a double-layered border wall or camping under Border Patrol watch in remote mountains east of the city, as per Reuters.

On September 14, the Custom and Border Protection ordered to close the major pedestrian border crossing from Tijuana, Mexico. Along with this, more officials were appointed for smooth processing of the migrants.

The Managing Attorney for Immigrant Defenders Law Center’s cross-border initiative – Paulina Reyes-Perrariz, said, “Many do not know where they are, that this is San Diego, this is (the) San Diego region, the nearest airport is San Diego and how to get to their final destination. That is what we’re trying to provide support with,” as per the reports by Reuters.

What is the major reason behind the shelter crunch:

It is to be noted that mixture of various circumstances is responsible for this shelter crunch, such as:

  • Reduced government funding,
  • Surge in illegal crossing,
  • CBP’s practice of sending migrants from Texas and Arizona to be processed in San Diego

In addition to this, President Joe Biden, last week, announced that border wall will be constructed in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. At that time, he outlined that this plan will “resume deportation flights to Venezuela.”

Border Wall | Credits: Facebook

The official statistics have confirmed that the illegal crossings increased a daily average of more than 8,000 last month. Such high number of migrants were registered after lull following the start of new asylum restrictions in May, which has diminishing impact and people from dozens of countries, especially Venezuela.

It is to be noted that drop-off at a transit centre was started after the flow of migrants at a community recreation centre was no longer in control. Reportedly, there was no place in parking lot after a large number of arrivals were reported from countries like China, India, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia and many west African countries. The parking space were so over loaded that there was no space to wait for free shuttle busses to airport, eat and use bathroom.

The shuttles were announced in Arabic and Spanish as majority of migrants group speak Russian, Pashto, Creole, French, Portuguese, Amharic, Hindi, Mandarin, Somali, Turkish and Vietnamese.

As per the reports by Reuters, seniors director for immigrant services at Jewish Family Service of San Diego – Kate Clark outlined, “It’s a brief moment of intervention before they can move on to be connected with their loved ones.” Sources have acclaimed that shelters still give space to live to families with young children, elderly people and members of the LGBTQ+ community. The drop-off was largely for single adults.

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