Texas mayor calls for UN intervention — RT World News

The El Paso leader says the US border crisis is bigger than the US federal government can solve alone

The mayor of the largest southern border city in the United States has called for support from other countries and even the United Nations to help resolve the humanitarian crisis caused by record flows of illegal migrants into the United States.

“We need to work together, regardless of the parties, because this is a US-US issue…” El Paso, Texas, Mayor Oscar Leeser said in an interview with CNN on Wednesday. “It’s not an El Paso problem, it’s much bigger than El Paso. I honestly believe it’s bigger than the United States. We have to work with the UN, work with other countries to be able to offer a program that becomes humanitarian for everyone.

El Paso, which sits across the Rio Grande River from Juarez, Mexico in the southwest corner of Texas, has become the epicenter of the US border crisis in recent weeks. Thousands of migrants entered the city from Mexico this month. Last week, a caravan of more than 1,000 migrants poured into El Paso in a single night.

Footage posted to social media by journalist Katie Daviscourt purports to show dozens of migrants sleeping on the ground at El Paso airport with Red Cross blankets. Leeser, who declared a state of emergency on Saturday, told CNN host Don Lemon that the city also secured the use of two vacant schools to house more migrants.

El Paso officials are working with the federal government, the Red Cross and other entities to help deal with the crisis, the Democratic mayor said, but “It’s strictly a band-aid on something that needs to be fixed in the very short term.” He added, “We know we have a flawed immigration process and it needs to be fixed.”

Border crossings by illegal migrants hit a record high since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021, totaling 2.76 million in the government’s last fiscal year, which ended September 30. The Biden administration predicts an even bigger flood at the end. Title 42, a policy imposed by former President Donald Trump that gave the government the power to automatically deport migrants on public health grounds.

The Texas National Guard deployed troops to El Paso earlier this week and erected a barbed wire barrier to block illegal border crossings. Leeser Told CNN Tuesday that the Texas governor’s office assured him the barrier was part of a three-hour training mission, but the razor wire remained in place.

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