Police Have Tips for El Pasoans Ahead of Migrant Surge
Title 42, the “remain in Mexico” rule, is set to expire at midnight on Thursday, May 11th.
The eyes of the world will be on El Paso as thousands and thousands of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers are expected to enter El Paso on a daily basis.
Some of them will enter lawfully, at a designated port of entry, and some will enter unlawfully.
El Paso Police are reminding citizens to be prepared and to take extra precautions in order to protect themselves as well as the immigrants. Here are some of the main takeaways from the EPPD’s warning:
1.) Use extra when driving because migrants have been crossing streets and even highways.
PD says to be on heightened alert, ESPECIALLY when driving in downtown El Paso or on roads and highways close to the border. Migrants, some with children, have been reported darting into traffic. This includes the Cesar Chavez Border Highway where migrants, including young children, have been seen trying to cross the six-lane highway.
2.) Don’t give rides to strangers or hitchhikers. If you were to give a ride to an undocumented person, even unknowingly, there’s a chance you might be accused of human smuggling.
3.) Lock your car doors and remove valuables.
4.) Lock up your house. Always good advice, but some residents in south El Paso have been reporting immigrants trespassing. Police say some of these migrants might be meeting smugglers to be taken to safe houses or other locations.
5.) Call 911 to report suspicious activity.