Confusion reigns at US-Mexico border before rule change

May 12, 2023

His frustration grew after another failed attempt to make an appointment to request asylum through a smartphone app created by US Customs and Border Patrol. Title 42, the rule that lapses overnight Thursday-Friday, was put in place under former president Donald Trump, ostensibly to prevent people with Covid-19 from entering the United States. But hopes among those waiting at the border that its end would make claiming asylum easier have given way to fears that it could actually become even harder. Another rule called Title 8 means that people caught entering the United States illegally can not only be deported but also face a five-year ban on applying for legal entry. Many migrants have already sold all their belongings to pay people smugglers who promise to help them cross the border.