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El Paso’s federal lawmakers weigh in on border situation before Title 42 expulsions are lifted

EL PASO, Texas — El Paso’s lawmakers weigh in on the high number of migrant encounters on the southwest border just as the federal government is scheduled to stop Title 42 expulsions.  

According to United States Customs and Border Protection data, the southwest border has seen 838,685 migrant encounters in the first five months of the new fiscal year, which is currently showing numbers from October to February. Last year at this point, CBP was reporting 397,549 encounters, which is about a 111 percent increase in encounters. To clarify, an encounter is any time a border patrol agent arrests a migrant. A migrant can be arrested multiple times and expelled again, which means the number of encounters in the CBP data does not truly reflect the number of migrants crossing the border. 

The El Paso sector has seen a 68 percent increase in encounters so far this year, according to CBP data. The data also shows there have been 437,763 migrants expelled from the country under Title 42, which was installed during the start of the pandemic. 

The federal government has decided to lift Title 42 restrictions starting in late May, drawing criticism from Republicans. 

On Wednesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott pledged to take “aggressive action” to secure the border. Gov. Abbott has tasked the Texas Department of Emergency Management to charter buses that will take migrants released by border patrol to Washington D.C. 

In an interview on Fox News, Gov. Abbott said, “Joe Biden has refused to come to the border to see the chaos he has created by his open border policies. We are going to take the border to him.” 

In a press release sent by the governor’s office, migrants will have to volunteer to get on the charter bus destined for Washington D.C. and have documentation from the Department of Homeland Security. 

El Paso congresswoman Veronica Escobar is in support of ending Title 42 restrictions. She spoke on the matter during a House Homeland Security Commission meeting on Wednesday. 

“We have had a test case during the entirety of the Trump administration and one year into the Biden administration. Do walls stop migration? Does Title 42 stop migration? We have tried that, and for colleagues of mine who want to stop migration, I hope that the test case has proven what works and what does not work,” Escobar said. 

ABC 7 reached out to Rep. Tony Gonzales about this issue, but have not heard back from his office as of yet. 

Dylan McKim



  1. Esco b.i.a.t.c.h is as stupid as biDUNG and HEELSUP harris… ignoring the problem fixes everything, only in a leftist demoRONIC government. Vote and RED OUR GOVERNMENT, the one that governs for the PEOPLE, the AMERICAN CITIZENS, not the ILLEGALS AND IGNORANT!

    1. Not the chicos, cackle clucks, or the schitzos who talk out their a.s.s in front of a keyboard and are afraid to discuss topics IN PERSON!

  2. Truth of the…whatever gets pumped up every morning by watching Birth of a Nation and old reels of Nazi rallies. You go you little White Power bigot!!

    1. When was the last senile Joe rally you attended nitwit with the far left radical 20 people aka Communists and wannabe ANTIFA. You brown t.u.r.d. racist.

        1. IF they have a legitimate asylum claim which they do not. Not liking your country or just wanting free s**t from us, is not a reason to “claim” asylum. Stop your gaslighting.

          1. Immigration judges decide who and who does not have a legitimate asylum claim. Until their cases are heard, they’re here legally pending the outcome according to current immigration laws. Immigration judges decide. Not old ignorant white supremacist hillbilly white trash.

    1. S.h.i.t seeps from this feroHOLE/CHARarLIAR/uxMARKSTHESPOT2 schitzo….. Just SO FULL OF CR.A.P… Bring the IL.L.E.GALS to your public housing and they’ll steal you blind and r.a.p.e your A.S.S. …. NOT A BAD DEAL! GO FOR IT! ENJOY

    1. People who present themselves to CBP or the Border Patrol asking for asylum are not ‘illegal’ under current US immigration statutes.

  3. All immigrants WELCOME! Make room by deporting moochers and Trump Traitors. Immigrants are willing to work anywhere. Not like White Trump supporters who all want to start at the top or won’t work at all.

    1. who all want to start at the top or won’t work at all? You are describing illegals uxcrement. Your people don’t want to wait in line. They want to cut in, get the benefits and kick back. You know, like your buddy tele tuby lard a*ss alberto does.

      1. Or like Mob Boss Trump who has cheated all his corrupt life to get where he is today. Don’t worry, dude. Your Social Security check is safe. Matter of fact THE US CBO estimates that 75% of unauthorized immigrants pay State and Local taxes. Honest hardworking people don’t need your permission to come here. So your opinion doesn’t matter.

          1. Unauthorized immigrants means they don’t have official permission to work, dummy. Pay attention to what I write next time. Dang these illiterate Hillbillies!!!

        1. Trump’s a billionaire nitwit. Your senile Joe is poor. That’s why he got 10% of what Hunter Biden got. He paid senile Joe’s bills. The Durham investigation is ramping up. Joe is the big guy that got 10%. It’s all on the laptop from hell.

          1. So is the NY Attorney General’s and Manhattan DAs investigation of Mob Boss Trump.

          2. Where have you been nitwit? One of those is history. Keep up with current events moron.

      2. You’re one of the YOU PEOPLE you mention, Pendejo. Don’t try to act like you’re NOT! Mexican in White supporter sheep’s clothing!

  4. Trump a billionaire because of Chumps like you. Don’t forget to send in your monthly contribution to the Mob Boss. Also, let’s not forget the thousands of peoples money he cheated out of. And the multiple bankruptcies, and bank fraud schemes.

    1. Unlike you and senile Joe he actually makes money nitwit. $375 million from selling one of his hotels. You seriously need help for that extreme TDS. You’ll blow your top when he becomes your President again after the 2024 election.

  5. Read the latest headlines, dummy. By no means is the resignation of several investigators the end of the Trump investigation. Trumps ramped up investigation is breaking news. Duh!!

    1. When there is no docket activity the case is technically dead nitwit. The prosecutors left a sinking ship. Want of prosecution. Hunter Biden is the big news now nitwit. Even the WaPo and NYT covers it. Stay tuned. YOU LOSE!

    2. Chuco, chico greasy c.u.n.t… put a sign on your belly that says “Welcome ILLEGALS, FREE ADMISSION TO ALL! EXTRA PARKING IN THE BACK!” Schitzo refried lard!

          1. No problem.. my composure is STRAIGHT!!! Not LOOSE. LIBERAL and looney!!!

        1. uX2… it’s called ALLITERATION, but in your case ILLITERATION! As for Bruce, he needs to take a s.h.i.t. bath so he can be just like YOU and YOURS! Should be ABORTED I. THE USA, like YOU TRAITORS. A CIVIL WAR WILL SORT IT OUT, B.I.A.T.C.H

          1. We can’t be traitors like you nitwit. We don’t support a leftist radical agenda and staring WW3. We are the true patriots. You’re the traitor.

  6. The rats are the last to leave the sinking ship. Your belief that you should be one of the last to leave the Trump sinking ship is admirable. Hats off to you, son!

  7. Hunter will be a little fish. It’s the Whale from Manhattan that Feds are after. Get your nose out of Fake Right Wing news and join the rest of the informed populace!

      1. 10% is what Trump gets from dummies like you. Send it to Save The Elephants charity instead. They’ll appreciate it more than Mob Boss Trump ever will

    1. FJB and you too nitwit. BTW Trump is no longer the POTUS moron. Stay on topic. Biden/Harris is the train wreck all Americans face. 63% of Americans hate senile Joe. Even Obama hates him.

        1. And… here come cackling, clucking CHIThead charLIAR…. New schitzo… Is it your turn to be “the man”? Did uX2 give you the STRAP ON? COWARD, COWARD, COWARD!!! I’m at the park everyday at 12:00, if you wanna back s.h.i.t. up, besides backing up onto uX2’s chicken chuco ebduh! Brown, black, yellow COWARD!!!!

  8. char liar and uxcrement keep insisting the US is racist but they keep inviting useless immigrants without any worth to come here and take up space at American taxpayer expense.
    Who is racist but the ones that want slave labor from unwelcomed guests.

          1. Hey BNitwit. Your Commander in Chief Putin called. Said he can’t pay your retarted-ment in dollars anymore. You’ll have to accept Rubles. So—get a wheelbarrow to collect your 300 dollars in one hundred pounds of paper Rubles.

          2. Good laugh nitwit. $300? That is your lowly pay grade. I make a hell of a lot more than that. You’re nothing but a poor jealous man.

          3. Char Lie Dumbo and Uxycrement are obviously Alberto the loser and section 8 welfare queen.

          4. Hey nitwit your CIC senile Joe wants you to go to the Ukraine to fight. But we all know you are one big chicken. You’ll get paid double in rubles.

  9. Abbott officially the Most Evil Governor in America!! A few other Republican governors are a close Second! He has a wheelchair on Eternal Fire waiting for him to sit on in when he goes to Hell! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

  10. …and…BNitwit officially the laziest moocher. Will be sitting in a lazy boy, drinking coffee, handing out MREs to Russian troops in the Supply Room. After the war Putin will give him a raise of a million Rubles—or about 5 dollars value in 2023 Russian money.

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