“We expect increases,” RIVCO braces for impact of immigrant influx as Title 42 policy ends – KESQ


Riverside County officials expect an increase in the number of asylum seekers they assist after the expiration of Title 42, which had been a long time coming.

Since it was enacted more than 3 years ago, the policy has allowed the US to remove migrants more than 3 million times at the southern border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Local and county nonprofits, primarily the Galilee Center in Mecca, are bracing for the influx.

Together, the two entities typically provide migrants with basic resources, including food and shelter, and help arrange transportation to their final destination.

However, limitations on shelter space have prompted CBP to release migrants into communities throughout Riverside County, including the Coachella Valley.

“We have seen where some of the other jurisdictions have been invaded. We certainly don’t want that. We want to continue to help them get them to their sponsors as quickly as possible so they can be processed and continue with the resolution of their asylum process,” said Shane Reichardt of RIVCO’s Department of Emergency Management.

Jennifer Franco of News Channel 3 will be live in El Centro tonight with details on the situation along the southern border.

Tune in starting at 4:00 pm for a closer look at the impact the end of Title 42 is expected to have on Riverside County’s resources.

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