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A small group of migrants, bottom right, are pictured while camping outside a gate in the border fence in El Paso, Texas, Friday, May 12, 2023. The border between the U.S. and Mexico was relatively calm Friday, offering few signs of the chaos that had been feared following a rush by worried migrants to enter the U.S. before the end of pandemic-related immigration restrictions.On the afternoon of May 11, Charlie González could feel the sidewalk sizzling under his feet. The soles of his two-decade-old shoes had worn thin after walking three thousand miles north from Venezuela, and he lifted one foot and then the other to ease the burning. González, his girlfriend, and their two-year-old son were waiting in downtown El Paso close to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing center, mulling their options.González had only a few hours to make a tough choice: Should he become one of the tens of thousands of migrants living undocumented in the United States, risking deportation if caught? Or should he turn himself over to the immigration authorities, who might release him on the streets of El Paso with a…

The post Asylum Seekers Anticipated the End of COVID-Related Restrictions on Entry to the U.S. But Strict New Rules Leave Many With a Difficult Choice. appeared first on Texas Monthly.

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