EAGLE PASS, Texas – A federal judge in Louisiana is refusing to lift pandemic-related restrictions on migrants seeking asylum on the southern border.

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On Friday, a judge blocked President Joe Biden’s administration’s plan to lift restrictions next Monday. Migrants have been deported more than 1.9 million times since March 2020 under federal authority named 42.

The regulation denies migrants the opportunity to seek asylum under U.S. law and an international treaty based on the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. Arizona and Louisiana cited 24 states that challenged the plan to lift the restrictions.

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As U.S. officials eagerly awaited, many migrants crossing the Mexican border on Friday ignored an important court ruling on whether to retain pandemic-related powers that refuse to seek asylum based on preventing the spread of COVID-19. . .

The Justice Department, hoping to avoid last-minute clashes over the weekend, has asked U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays to decide by Friday whether to retain title 42 while the trial continues. A judge in Lafayette, Louisiana, said he would make a decision by Monday, when the health care powers are scheduled to expire.

Migrants crossing Eagle Pass, Texas, were virtually unaware of the rules under which migrants have been deported more than 1.9 million times since March 2020. These were mostly from Cuba, Colombia, Nicaragua and Venezuela, nationalities that were largely deprived of the asylum ban because high costs, strained diplomatic relations or other considerations made it difficult for the United States to bring them home.

Ana Pinales from the Dominican Republic, who reached Eagle Pass after three years of illegal living in Chile, where she could not find a stable job, before dawn crossed the river ford and went on a dirt road with about 35 Nicaraguans and 25 Cubans, looking for border agents The United States asked for asylum. She walked longer than the others and met about 15 other migrants waiting under one of the two Eagle Pass bridges in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras. Hours later, an agent arrived and released armed members of the Texas National Guard who were watching the group as golfers played on a nearby riverfront.

“Everyone in the world knows about this route,” Pinales, 28, said with a smile, relieved that she was almost at the end of a two-month journey that took her through the infamous Panamanian Darien Gap and Mexico, where she was robbed. $ 3,000 while waiting in a park in the southern city of Topachula. She said she also often gave bribes to pass Mexican military checkpoints.

Title 42 has largely affected people from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, many of whom have been waiting in Mexico’s border towns after the U.S. government denied the right to seek asylum. Mexico has agreed to accept migrants from the three Central American countries loyal to the U.S., and last month also began accepting a limited number of Cubans and Nicaraguans who were denied by U.S. authorities.

Nolbert Avila, a small coffee maker who fled the threat of violence in Colombia and left his mother and brother and sister there to manage the harvest, has never heard of Title 42 on social media channels that migrants turn to to determine who they can trust and whom and what to avoid. Internet chatter directed him to the Eagle Pass after he flew to Cancun and boarded buses to the U.S. border.

“I’m happy to be here,” said Avila, 30, who has spent $ 3,000 on air tickets and other travel expenses, such as bribing Mexican soldiers. Its final destination is Los Angeles.

A group of about 150, mostly Cuban migrants, gathered on Friday a short distance south of the bridge, sailing and strolling across the river in small groups for hours, starting a few hours before dawn. Border guards lined them up and sent them to the vans to go to the treatment area. About two-thirds were men, almost all other women and some were young children.

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