EL PASO, TX – The City Representative Isabel Salcido welcomed President Biden to El Paso next Sunday, January 8, 2022.
“I am honored that President Biden has agreed to join us at the epicenter of the humanitarian crisis happening at our border; in our community. I will continue to call on our elected officials to work together on practical solutions like Comprehensive Immigration Reform. President Biden will be able to witness firsthand the severity of the problems we face, as well as the extraordinary cooperation of all El Pasoans,” said Salcido.
The City Representative noted that El Paso is focused on assisting migrants passing through the community in the most humane, respectful and efficient manner.
To address border enforcement, U.S. President Joe Biden will visit the city of El Paso, Texas on January 8, according to the White House.
This will be the first time Biden visits the border city since taking office, the intention will be to meet with local officials to address among other issues, the immigration crisis.
“Migrants received by the city of El Paso receive food and water, connectivity, transportation assistance and temporary shelter, if necessary. We treat migrants with respect and dignity, while they transit through El Paso, and help them reach the destination of their choice, where they can be reunited with family and sponsors,” said the Pasoan representative.
Salcido detailed that due to the impending expiration of Title 42, Mayor Leeser declared a State of Emergency on December 17 to prepare for the arrival of a large number of migrants. Through this declaration, shelters have been established throughout the city in joint efforts with Communities of Excellence and partners such as El Paso County, El Paso Independent School District, NGOs, the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Foodbank, UnitedWay, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and other key organizations.
“I have spoken to asylum seekers and migrants waiting in Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. I can assure you that most of them are not returning to their home countries. They have traveled thousands of miles to flee socialism, oppression, starvation and guaranteed death sentences. Most made the dangerous journey and fought cartels and traffickers, dangerous weather and terrain, to seek a better life in the United States of America,” she said.
According to Salcido, the city of El Paso “desperately needs the help and leadership of Congress and the White House,” and he thanked President Biden for adding the border to his itinerary.