Thousands of immigrants were making their way to the US border with the change to Immigration Act No. 42.
The law that enabled the rapid expulsion of immigrants is now gone.
Record numbers had made their way to the southern border of the United States in hopes of crossing before the midnight deadline.
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El Paso church that has become a symbol of America’s broken immigration system
Amid the uncertainty and misinformation surrounding the change in entry restrictions, many fear it will make it more difficult to get to the United States.
Tens of thousands made their way north Through Mexico towards the border crossings As the clock runs out at Address 42.
Sky News saw several hundred migrants arrested near the border wall in El Paso, Texas, by US Border Patrol agents, who escorted them onto buses to take them to a nearby processing center.
In recent weeks, many migrants have been left stranded. Even those arrivals who have been granted trial dates to claim asylum are forced to wait, in some cases for up to four years.
In El Paso, Sky News spoke to Yandel McKenzie, from Venezuela, who told me he had been sleeping on the street outside Sacred Heart Church for 15 days.
He was given a court date to seek asylum, but not until 2027.
“I have papers with the court date for 2027. The session with the judge is at 8.30 am,” he said. What we need is a bus fare so that we can reach our destination.”
His friend Wilmer Romero, also from Venezuela, said: “I really want to leave because I look at the situation we are in.
“We sleep on the floor and eat whatever we can get our hands on. We came to this country to progress and move on but this is just life, it’s the things we have to put up with so we can do something with lives.”
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Marilee Rivas traveled to El Paso alone with her two young children.
She said: “My journey has been a bit difficult because I am alone with my children and we have had scary experiences. Nobody helped me on my way here, nobody tried to help me.
“On the train, many things happened to me and when I arrived (in Mexico), so I decided to turn myself in and I was held for four days. I’ve been here for a month now because I didn’t have the means to travel. It was hard.”
With Title 42 over, the Immigrants will face off New restrictions upon entry.
They will not be allowed entry if they reach the border without first applying online, or claiming asylum in a country they passed through to get to the United States.
Anyone caught crossing the border illegally will not be allowed to return to the US for five years, and if they do, they will face criminal prosecution.
Human rights groups have criticized the new rules, saying they falsely assume the safety of immigrants in countries outside the United States, and the efficiency of an online application system that has proven unworkable for the vast majority.
The restrictions are imposed along with other measures to encourage immigrants to enter the United States legally.
This includes plans to establish US immigration centers in various countries as well as to expand the “parole” of 30,000 people per month from Haiti, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
Under the scheme, they can stay and work in the US for two years, with the support of a sponsor.
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