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Border wall between the United States and Mexico in El Paso, Texas


This blog post for the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford, written by Gabriella Sanchez, a research fellow with the Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues, documents what has happened in the aftermath of the December 27, 2022, U.S. Supreme Court decision to maintain the restrictions associated with Title 42 and some of the consequences it has had for migrants, as well as the impact on residents of the neighborhoods next to the downtown port of entry in El Paso, Texas.

January 5, 2023

Escalation of Title 42 Related Abuses in the U.S. Context: The Case of El Paso

Author: Gabriella Sanchez

From the onset, most, if not all, the documentation pertaining to abuses under Title 42 has focused on the experiences endured by people returned by U.S. immigration authorities to Mexican territory. Yet, the escalation of policing and violence following the Supreme Court’s announcement urgently demands that we pay attention to the actions of border and law enforcement agencies as they occur on the U.S. side of the divide.