Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John G. Roberts Jr. has temporarily stayed the termination of a controversial Trump-era immigration policy known as Title 42, which was due to end on Dec. 11. 21
But the stream of refugees on the southern border continues.
Spotlight: Southern Arizona.
Around 3am every morning, hundreds of people stand beside the brightly lit, 30-foot-tall steel fence. They shiver below freezing in the desert night or huddle around makeshift warming fires, waiting to surrender to border police agents.
They have traveled from Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia, Guyana, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Afghanistan, Russia and Georgia to a single gap or one of several locked gates in the border wall.
Everyone wants to apply for asylum.
Many had trouble pronouncing the names of American cities where they claimed to have a relative or friend.
Multigenerational families and travelers said they spent days, weeks or months catching flights and long bus journeys, and some said they walked for months to get here.
They knew well in advance that once they got to the border, they would have to wait in line and hand in anything that didn’t fit in a 1 liter plastic ziplock bag.
In 2022, there were so many “duties” that James Wright, the Yuma Station Border Patrol special operations officer, put up shade canopies to provide shelter from the scorching summer sun and fresh water tanks.