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City plans to declare state of emergency prior to lifting of Title 42

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- With a new surge of migrants coming to the border, the city wants to be ahead of the situation by already planning to set up temporary housing for migrants ahead of the lifting of Title 42 on May 11.

Schools, the Civic Center and other possible locations are among the places that will serve for sheltering migrants once they are processed.

Last year, Bassett and Morehead Middle Schools were used to temporarily house migrants; hotels can be used to if needed.

Jorge Rodriguez with the Office of Emergency Management also mentioned working on different aspects including safety and transportation.

"With the Title 42 ending on May 11th, this is indeed going to create an unprecedented event, so we are taking a reaction that we can to get ahead of the situation," Rodriguez said.

The city of El Paso saw in December over 30,000 community releases according to Rodriguez.

The governor of Chihuahua Maru Campos said last week, over 35,000 migrants are currently in Juarez waiting to cross to the U.S. soon.

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