“It wasn’t easy to make this decision, to leave our home and entire family back in Venezuela,” Tonito said in Spanish. Asylum ClaimsWhile immigration has become a political albatross for Biden, mass migration to the US predates his presidency. El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser declared a state of emergency last week ahead of the lifting of Title 42. This will allow the city to open up temporary shelters ahead of an expected surge in migrants once the order is order expires. But a fresh wave of migrants at the southern border could also renew pressure on small towns in the region.