On the eve of Title 42 dropping, Turning Point USA and Post Millennial contributor Savanah Hernandez spoke with Laura Ingraham about the scene in the border town of El Paso, Texas.
"I just want to paint a picture for the people at home of what the city streets of El Paso currently look like. Now, behind me is actually a very cleaned-up version of what’s been allowed to prosper on the streets of El Paso over the past couple of weeks," Hernandez told Ingraham.
"You’ve had hundreds of people sleeping in the streets, the streets reek of urine, there’s human feces, there were piles of trash. Just this morning the city of El Paso brought environmental services to come and clean a lot of this up, of course ahead of the expiration of Title 42."
Hernandez said she spoke with volunteers in front of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where the cleanup occurred, with the volunteers saying "that this is the first time that the city actually conducted a sweep and cleaned up the migrant camps for the first time since the migrants had come here to El Paso."
"It’s a complete humanitarian crisis," Hernandez added.
She recalled witnessing "hundreds" of illegal immigrants crossing the border from Juarez into El Paso yesterday, saying "the city streets very much reflect that, it’s absolute chaos down here" and that Border Patrol is "completely overwhelmed" as well as shelters.
Hernandez conducted with a pregnant 19-year-old Ecuadorian illegal immigrant, who said she has "pursued the American Dream for one year."
"I left from Peru because I was there with my partner. We left on May 26th. This 26th of May marks one year of seeking the American Dream. I crossed, but he was deported to Juarez."
She said she arrived in El Paso on Friday morning, and turned herself into authorities after discovering the papers she had spent $50 dollars on were "fake."
She said she received a court date of April 26th, 2027, and will be traveling to Dallas.
Photo: Savanah Hernandez
In reference to her husband who was deported and whether he would cross again given the expiration of Title 42, she said, "I hope he can cross because I do not want to be here alone since I have no family here. I hope on God’s grace that he crosses this year or as soon as possible."
"So that is what we’re seeing on the ground and you also played that clip of the notice to appear," Hernandez continued. "I have spoken to migrants here, actually spoke to one individual who had been deported four times under Title 42."
The man, she said, had crossed back into El Paso on Wednesday after attempting to apply through the CBP One app, with "both migrants in the US and Mexico saying the app absolutely does not work."
Hernandez added that thousands of migrants have crossed before Title 42’s expiration, "because there’s a lot of confusion within the migrants who think that it’s better to cross beforehand."
When asked if these migrants had places to go within the United States, referencing the Ecuadorian woman who had no family here, Hernandez noted that many are heading to sanctuary cities like New York City where officials are "utilizing the taxpayer dime to put a lot of these migrants that might not have a place to go in these fancy hotels."
Ahead of the expiration of the Trump-era rule, the Biden administration reinstated another Trump-era rule requiring illegal immigrants to apply for asylum in another country, like Mexico, before they apply for asylum in the US. Those who do not will be deported.
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