Border Patrol agents have been instructed by Biden administration officials to cease using the CDC Emergency COVID-19 Title 42 authority on Venezuelans apprehended along the Texas border in some of the state's busiest sectors.
According to a Customs and Border Protection source, Mexico has informed the Biden administration that it will no longer receive Venezuelan migrants deported under Title 42 in the Del Rio and El Paso Sectors. As word of the policy shift circulates, it is anticipated that large groups of migrants will once again surrender in these sectors, according to Breitbart News' report.
The CBP source, who was not authorized to speak to the media, informed Breitbart Texas on Thursday that Venezuelans would no longer be returned to Mexico from the two Border Patrol sectors in Texas under the program.
Venezuelan nationals crossing into the United States in the Del Rio and El Paso Sectors will now be permitted to petition for asylum instead of being returned promptly under emergency COVID-19 authority in the absence of future negotiations with Mexico. Instead of immediate expulsion, the agency will attempt to coordinate the detention of Venezuelan migrants with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The source anticipates the rapid depletion of detention resources, culminating in the immediate release of migrants into the United States pending the processing of their asylum claims. In October 2022, DHS announced the expansion of the COVID-19-related Title 42 order's authority to expel Venezuelans.
The announcement referenced a collaborative effort by the United States and Mexico to resolve the rising number of asylum-seeking Venezuelan migrants.
The program enabled DHS to repatriate Venezuelan migrants at five locations along the southwest frontier. Included in these regions were San Diego, Tucson, El Paso, Del Rio, and the Rio Grande Valley.
DHS officials enumerated the following joint endeavors to address the Venezuelan migrant issue in their announcement:
Effective immediately, Venezuelans who enter the United States between ports of entry, without authorization, will be returned to Mexico. At the same time, the United States and Mexico are reinforcing their coordinated enforcement operations to target human smuggling organizations and bring them to justice.
That campaign will include new migration checkpoints, additional resources and personnel, joint targeting of human smuggling organizations, and expanded information sharing related to transit nodes, hotels, stash houses, and staging locations. The United States is also planning to offer additional security assistance to support regional partners to address the migration challenges in the Darién Gap.”
According to a source who spoke to Breitbart Texas, Mexico may have grown weary of the agreement as a result of several incidents involving the growing frustration of migrants returned from certain Texas regions under the expanded Title 42 agreement.
A group of approximately one thousand migrants attempted to assault an El Paso port of entry in March, believing they would be permitted to file asylum claims and remain in the United States. Authorities suspected human traffickers disseminated false information among the migrants, which may have prompted the mass crossing.
Later in the month of March, 39 migrants perished in a fire at a detention facility for migrants in Juarez, Mexico, after demonstrators detained at the government-run facility set fire to mattresses.
According to Mexico's National Institute of Migration, nearly a third of the migrants who perished in the fire were Venezuelan citizens.
Only three of the five original locations will continue to permit the return of Venezuelan nationals under the enhanced application of Title 42 authority. According to the source, these include the San Diego, Tucson, and Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sectors.