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Bracing for a new migrant surge, El Paso seeks fed help

EL PASO, Texas -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced two significant immigration changes in the first day of the Biden administration that could impact the Borderland.

A new 100-day moratorium on deportations for some undocumented immigrants is in place, and migrants seeking asylum in the United States will no longer be forced to wait in Mexico while they wait to have their cases heard.

On Thursday evening, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton took issue with the moves.

"Yesterday you ordered a blanket halt on nearly all deportations of illegal aliens. This complete abdication of the Department of Homeland Security’s obligation to enforce federal immigration law is unlawful and will seriously and irreparably harm the State of Texas and its citizens," Paxton said.

El Paso city officials tell ABC-7 they are preparing for a new migrant surge, even as the new moves by the Biden administration come under question.

"That is why we have been coordinating over the past few months with our federal partners its in anticipation of these and seeing the burden it is going to place on the community especially during this pandemic," El Paso Fire Chief Mario D'Agostino said. "The housing, the sheltering, the feeding, the transportation issues - all of that has to be considered. So, we are reaching out to our federal partners, we are having communication with them."

Many in the Borderland remember the summer of 2019 as a difficult year marred with massive caravans of migrants seeking asylum. City officials are preparing for a possible repeat making this challenge even more daunting is the threat of Covid-19.

"It is a demand, that is why we are meeting. We've been making sure it's ramping up in case we have to take on this task again," D'Agostino said.

Adding to the challenge will be making sure the risk of a Covid-19 outbreak will be minimal.

"It will be a health concern to have people in a congregate setting, that includes correctional facilities, detention facilities etc., and that has been one of the concerns not only for Covid but also influenza and some other infectious diseases," Dr. Hector Ocaranza, the El Paso City/County Health Authority said.

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JC Navarrete

El Paso native JC Navarrete co-anchors ABC-7’s weekend newscasts and reports during the week.



  1. When illegals come across the border, hand them bus tickets to Washington DC. Tell them to go to the White house. Send a couple hundred to Veronica Escobar’s home in El Paso, tell them she invited them to dinner!

  2. Unbelievable. Or well, maybe not (Orwell?). He is a libby and is pandering to a segement of the population. Agree with comments above. Send the to DC, San Fran, LA, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York.

    1. I will tell you who! Soon to be unemployed factory workers that are foolish enough to believe that there is even a real democrat party anymore. It has morphed into the socialist party. Beijing Biden is corrupt and has been demanding bribes to get access to the White House ever since he became Vice-President.

  3. Report: Biden Killed 52K American Jobs On Day 1 In Office: During his first day in office, Joe Biden killed around 52,000 American jobs and cut billions in wages as the country continues to struggle with staggering unemployment caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Republicans from Alaska to Washington have already called the Biden administration’s agenda into question after he pulled the brakes on major sources for American energy.

    “He rejoined the Paris climate agreement, putting the United States back in a position to exercise global leadership,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said. “And advancing the objectives of the ambitious agreement.”

    On Thursday, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel slammed Biden’s decision to undo President Trump’s efforts to put American workers first. McDaniel took to Twitter to point out several moves Biden has already made that put Americans on the backburner. These include canceling the Keystone XL pipeline and rejoining the Paris climate agreement.

  4. Some members of the National Guard were abruptly sent to an underground parking facility after being removed from the Capitol this week; sparking outrage from Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

    “One unit, which had been resting in the Dirksen Senate Office building, was abruptly told to vacate the facility on Thursday, according to one Guardsman. The group was forced to rest in a nearby parking garage without internet reception, with just one electrical outlet, and one bathroom with two stalls for 5,000 troops, the person said. Temperatures in Washington were in the low 40s by nightfall,” reports Politico.

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