With Title 42 set to expire at midnight on May 11, El Paso is preparing for thousands of illegal aliens to surge across the southern border.

Title 42 is a public health order that allows customs officials to send illegal aliens from “COVID-19 impacted” areas back across the border without processing them through the federal court system.

El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser declared a citywide state of emergency effective for seven days starting May 1. After seven days, the El Paso City Council will vote on extending the declaration for 30 days.

Leeser said he issued the declaration in anticipation of Title 42’s expiration.

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