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San Luis mayor speaks on what ending Title 42 could mean for border city

City of San Luis

The mayor of San Luis, Ariz. said the end of a pandemic policy for migrants at the border means he'll expect more migrants coming through the city in the weeks ahead.

NPR reports the Biden administration is moving to end the restrictions known as Title 42 on May 23. The announcement came Friday in an order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

San Luis Mayor Gerardo Sanchez told KAWC last week his city has a limited number of police officers and firefighters to serve the community, many will be needed to assist with a high number of migrants.

“People don’t realize how much it’s going to impact local communities like border towns," Sanchez said. "My biggest concern is that we’re not going to have enough resources.”

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who visited the Yuma Sector in January, has repeatedly said that Title 42 is a public health measure, not an immigration policy.

Since March of 2020 the federal government has used the public health order to justify the expulsion of migrants at the border due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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