El Paso declares emergency over expected migrant influx once Title 42 expires – Axios

People cross the Rio Grande in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 13. Photo: Herika Martinez/AFP via Getty Images
The mayor of El Paso, Texas, declared a state of emergency Saturday over concerns the city may not be able to manage a major influx of migrants from across the U.S.-Mexico border.
Why it matters: Mayor Oscar Leeser (D) said the city expects to see an increase in migrant arrivals with the ending of the Trump-era Title 42 policy that allowed the U.S. to expel migrants at the southern border without the chance for asylum.
What they're saying: "As we see the increase in asylum seekers into our community, and we see the temperatures dropping and we know that Title 42 — looks like it's going to be called back on Wednesday — we felt it was proper time today to call the state of emergency," Leeser said in a press conference Saturday.
The big picture: The state of emergency declaration will allow the city to tap into additional resources and will allow it to operate expanded larger sheltering operations for migrants in response to dropping temperatures, said El Paso deputy city manager Mario D'Agostino.
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