Mayorkas tours border to prepare for asylum limits to end
May 18, 2022 4:25AM CDT
McALLEN, Texas (AP) – Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says authorities are prepared for an expected increase in migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border amid plans to lift a public health order that has been used to turn away migrants nearly 2 million times without a chance to seek asylum.
Mayorkas spoke Tuesday on a visit to South Texas, where he saw a new processing center for about 1,200 people.
The department has surged personnel and equipment to the border and erected temporary facilities to prepare for next week’s end of pandemic-related limits on seeking asylum at the border.