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Oscar Leeser will make the announcement on new asylum limits together with President Biden on Tuesday

El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser will attend an event at the White House on Tuesday, where President Joe Biden is expected to announce executive actions to dramatically limit migrants’ ability to seek asylum at the US-Mexico border.

CNN first reported that Biden was expected to invite mayors from border cities to the event, and Leeser confirmed to El Paso Matters on Sunday evening that he would attend.

“El Paso is a welcoming community, and that makes me very proud, but no community can continue the efforts and resources we have devoted endlessly to this humanitarian crisis. We are grateful for the funding we have received from the federal government so that our efforts do not fall on the backs of El Paso taxpayers, but our immigration system is broken, and it is critical that Congress works on a bipartisan, long-term plan . to work with other countries to create a more manageable, humane and sustainable immigration system for our country,” Leeser said in a statement.

“I look forward to hearing more about the President’s plan on Tuesday, and we stand ready to work with our partners at the local, state and federal levels on this effort.”

Although border crossings through El Paso have declined in recent months, the region has been the scene of repeated humanitarian challenges since 2018 as large numbers of migrants – mainly from Central and South America – have been released by Border Patrol agents after being warned got. to appear in the immigration report.

El Paso’s governments and nongovernmental organizations have opened numerous shelters and taken other steps to care for migrants, including hundreds who have spent nights outside. Few migrants settle long-term in El Paso, with the vast majority taking buses or planes to join family or other sponsors elsewhere in the United States.

Tackling immigration — including migration at the U.S.-Mexico border — has become one of the most intractable issues facing the federal government, and will be a key issue in the 2024 presidential race between Biden and former President Donald Trump.

Seeking asylum is one of the few options available to people from much of the world to stay in the United States for extended periods. Congress has repeatedly failed to create more legal pathways into the United States or make other changes to immigration policy.

Dozens of migrants stand outside Sacred Heart Church on the night of September 13, 2023, as shelters in both Juárez and El Paso were full. (Corrie Boudreaux/El Paso Matters)

A bipartisan effort to address immigration and border issues was killed by Senate Republicans earlier this year after Trump voiced his opposition. Biden is expected to announce executive actions on Tuesday, essentially bypassing Congress, to make it harder for migrants to cross the border without documents and seek asylum.

Numerous national media outlets have reported that Biden will use a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act known as 212f to limit access to asylum when encounters between migrants and Border Patrol agents cross a threshold.

Politico has reported that Biden administration officials are considering a threshold of 4,000 daily crossings over the course of a week. CBS News reported that crossings averaged 3,700 per day in the first three weeks of May, less than half of December’s record level.

Migrant advocates have said any efforts to further limit asylum applications will depend on new implementation measures at the border and cooperation from Mexico. That country is undergoing a presidential transition after Sunday’s elections, with Claudia Sheinbaum appearing to be on her way to victory and succeeding her mentor, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in October.

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