A wave of migrants surged the US/Mexico border after Title 42 expired, with hundreds unsure of whether they will be able to enter America.
Ahead of the Trump-era pandemic restriction allowing migrants to be deported expiring yesterday, a massive increase of people were spotted at the border hoping to get asylum in the US.
Stories from the border yesterday show the scale of the crisis, with María José Durán, a 24-year-old student from Venezuela, on the verge of tears.
She said her and a group of friends and relatives crossed the dangerous Darien Gap dividing Colombia and Panama and then a half-dozen more countries before arriving at the US border.
READ MORE: Trump threatened with fresh lawsuit over ‘disgusting’ town hall rant
Sitting on a riverbank in Matamoros, Mexico, she told reporters that Mexican immigration officials were trying to move migrants to an improvised camp and away from a spot where they could wade across the Rio Grande.
However, she was met with at least a dozen Texas state troopers with rifles stood behind concertina wire.
“I don’t know what to think now, having made such a difficult journey to now find ourselves with this,” she told AP.
Aylin Guevara, 45, also told AP that she and her family fled their home in Colombia after receiving death threats, and hoped to seek refuge in the U.S.
After spending the previous night in a hotel and walking through Ciudad Juarez, they were eager to get to the border “to get in and go with the help of God and baby Jesus”, but arrived just before Title 42 expired.
A US immigration officer told the family they could not enter, firmly said “not anymore, it’s over”, and ordered them to go to bridges 10 miles to their left or right.
Customs and Border Protection agents have encountered more than 10,000 individuals at the border on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday alone.
Every one of those days marks the highest-ever single-day record, and officials fear the border could see as many as 14,000 migrants daily now Title 42 has expired.
Authorities in Yuma, Arizona, sounded the alarm after the average daily number of migrant arrivals grew this week from 300 to 1,000.
Town mayor Doug Nicholls asked the federal government to declare a national disaster so that Federal Emergency Management Agency resources and National Guard troops can be rushed to his and other small border communities.
In a fiery attack, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has laid blame for the wave of migrants at Joe Biden’s feet.
On Twitter, he said: “Joe Biden, this is your fault. The people who are killed crossing illegally, that is your fault.
“The women who are sexually abused crossing illegally, that is your fault. The children who are brutalised crossing illegally, that is your fault.
“The people who are dying of drug overdoses — over 100,000 last year — that is your fault.
“Come down here President Biden. Stop hiding in the basement, stop pretending this misery is not your fault, stop it.
“This is not humane, this is not compassionate. This is cruel.”
Stay up to date with all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you.
Follow our social media accounts here on facebook.com/DailyExpress and @Daily_Express