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As Title 42 ends, Houston-area services for immigrants prepare for what’s next

As the COVID-era immigration policy comes to an end, we ask an attorney, a charity worker, and an immigrant rights organization what to expect here.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection mounted officers attempt to contain migrants as they cross the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, into Del Rio, Texas, in 2021.


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Title 42 ends today. The temporary public health order aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 allowed authorities to expel migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

But now, those who had been sent back are combining with a new wave of people coming to the border at a time of unprecedented mass migration.

While there's understandably a lot of attention being paid to what's happening at there this week, the end of the policy is also expected to impact Houston.

In the audio above, we discuss how with immigration attorney Gordon Quan from the Quan Law Group, Karina Hernandez from Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, and Cesar Espinoza with the immigrant rights organization FIEL Houston.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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