EL PASO, Texas – The Texas Border Coalition hopes President Joe Biden’s recent visit to El Paso can help bring about meaningful, long-term, border security reforms.

The Texas Border Coalition (TBC) is a collective voice of border mayors, county judges, economic development commissions focused on issues that affect 2.5 million people along the Texas-Mexico border region and economically disadvantaged counties from El Paso to Brownsville.  

Just before visiting El Paso, the Biden Administration announced a few new border security initiatives. 

Under a new plan, the U.S. will accept up to 30,000 migrants each month from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. They will be allowed to stay and work in the U.S. for two years, as long as they come here legally, have eligible sponsors and pass vetting and background checks.

But, at the same time, the Biden Administration will expand a Trump-era policy, known as Title 42, that makes it easier to send asylum seekers back to Mexico. Title 42 is public health protocol administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The chairman of TBC is El Paso County Commissioner David Stout. He issued the following statement in advance of Biden’s visit to El Paso:

“The Texas Border Coalition appreciates President Biden’s planned visit to El Paso this weekend. As an El Pasoan, and Chairman of TBC, I’m happy that we are his first visit to the southern border. 

“For over two decades, TBC has urged Congress to address our nation’s outdated and ineffective immigration laws. We need federal action to provide the resources and processes to allow migrants legal entry, while also managing the border efficiently and orderly, as recommended by the TBC white paper released in November. Meanwhile, local governments and NGOs need immediate resources to continue responding to the humanitarian needs on the ground.

“President Biden’s presence on the border could help provide the momentum needed for real long-term solutions at and between the land ports entry, rather than a piece-meal, band-aid approach.”

Stout said TBC is working closely with the state and federal government to educate, advocate, and secure funding for transportation, immigration and border security, workforce development, economic development and health care.

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