Border mayors head to Washington for Tuesday’s immigration announcement

McALLEN, TEXAS (AP) — At least two Texas border mayors will travel to Washington on Tuesday when President Joe Biden is expected to announce an executive order that will mark his latest and most aggressive plan to reduce the number of migrants allowed to apply for immigration. asylum in the United States

Brownsville Mayor John Cowen and Edinburg Mayor Ramiro Garza both confirmed they had been invited by the White House for an announcement on immigration on Tuesday. Cowen told the Associated Press he planned to attend, while Garza said he would have more details Monday on his plans.

Notably, the Democratic mayor of Eagle Pass, the Texas-Mexico border town where the number of migrants has led to a clash between the state and federal government over border security, had not received a Sunday invitation. The mayor of McAllen said he was invited, but could not attend due to a prior commitment.

A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on which other mayors were invited to the announcement.

The AP reported last week that the White House was finalizing an executive order that could end asylum applications and automatically deny entry to migrants once the number of people encountered by U.S. border officials exceeds a new daily threshold.

The unilateral action is expected even though the number of border crossings on the U.S. southern border has declined since December, largely due to Mexico’s intensified enforcement efforts. But Biden wants to avoid any potential surge in crossings that could come later in the year, heading into the fall election, when the weather cools and numbers tend to rise.

Immigration remains a concern for voters heading into the November election, with Republicans keen to electorally punish Biden on the issue. Democrats responded that Republicans, at Donald Trump’s urging, rejected a bipartisan border deal in Congress that would have led to the toughest legislative restrictions on asylum in years.

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