Migrants at US-Mexico border await ruling on asylum limits

Dec 20, 2022, 9:20 AM | Updated: Dec 22, 2022, 2:32 am
Two migrant children play at a shelter Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of m...

Two migrant children play at a shelter Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

              Two migrant children play at a shelter Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Migrant children hold a box filled with food and clothes outside a shelter Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Migrants congregate at campfires on the banks of the Rio Grande in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, as others wade through shallow waters toward the United States and its border wall on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. Restrictions that prevented many from seeking asylum in the U.S. remained in place beyond their anticipated end. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
            
              Migrants congregate on the banks of the Rio Grande at the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in El Paso, Texas, where members of the Texas National Guard cordoned off a gap in the U.S. border wall. Restrictions that prevented many from seeking asylum in the U.S. have remained in place beyond their anticipated end. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
            
              Haitian migrants hoping to apply for asylum in the U.S., gather along the U.S. Mexico border, as they wait to register with a religious organization, in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Haitian migrants hoping to apply for asylum in the U.S., gather along the U.S. Mexico border, as they wait to register with a religious organization, in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Single mothers and their children crowd into a room with bunk beds at a shelter Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Migrants approach the border wall in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border from El Paso, Texas. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              Migrants approach the U.S. border wall from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border from El Paso, Texas. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              A U.S. Border Patrol stands before a line of migrants before letting the group enter into El Paso, Texas, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              A migrant mother carries her child while walking toward the border fence after crossing the Rio Grande in their attempt to enter into El Paso, Texas from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
            
              A line of people, some migrants and some homeless, await a hot breakfast Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              A migrant couple looks towards the border fence trying to decide whether or not to cross the Rio Grande River in their attempt to enter into El Paso, Texas from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
            
              Migrants congregate on the banks of the Rio Grande at the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, where members of the Texas National Guard cordoned off a gap in the U.S. border wall. Restrictions that prevented many from seeking asylum in the U.S. remained in place beyond their anticipated end. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
            
              Two migrant children play at a shelter Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Migrant children hold a box filled with food and clothes outside a shelter Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Migrants congregate at campfires on the banks of the Rio Grande in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, as others wade through shallow waters toward the United States and its border wall on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. Restrictions that prevented many from seeking asylum in the U.S. remained in place beyond their anticipated end. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
            
              Migrants congregate on the banks of the Rio Grande at the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in El Paso, Texas, where members of the Texas National Guard cordoned off a gap in the U.S. border wall. Restrictions that prevented many from seeking asylum in the U.S. have remained in place beyond their anticipated end. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
            
              Haitian migrants hoping to apply for asylum in the U.S., gather along the U.S. Mexico border, as they wait to register with a religious organization, in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Haitian migrants hoping to apply for asylum in the U.S., gather along the U.S. Mexico border, as they wait to register with a religious organization, in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Single mothers and their children crowd into a room with bunk beds at a shelter Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Migrants approach the border wall in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border from El Paso, Texas. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              Migrants approach the U.S. border wall from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border from El Paso, Texas. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              A U.S. Border Patrol stands before a line of migrants before letting the group enter into El Paso, Texas, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              A migrant mother carries her child while walking toward the border fence after crossing the Rio Grande in their attempt to enter into El Paso, Texas from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
            
              A line of people, some migrants and some homeless, await a hot breakfast Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              A migrant couple looks towards the border fence trying to decide whether or not to cross the Rio Grande River in their attempt to enter into El Paso, Texas from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
            
              Migrants congregate on the banks of the Rio Grande at the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, where members of the Texas National Guard cordoned off a gap in the U.S. border wall. Restrictions that prevented many from seeking asylum in the U.S. remained in place beyond their anticipated end. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
            
              Haitian migrants hoping to apply for asylum in the U.S., gather along the U.S. Mexico border, as they wait to register with a religious organization, in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Haitian migrants hoping to apply for asylum in the U.S., gather along the U.S. Mexico border, as they wait to register with a religious organization, in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Texas National Guard troops patrol the Border in El Paso, Texas, as migrants watch from across the river in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. About 400 troops arrived early Tuesday morning to secure the border with Humvees and concertina wire. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell’Orto)
            
              Migrants approach the U.S. border wall from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border from El Paso, Texas. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              A migrant couple looks towards the border fence trying to decide whether or not to cross the Rio Grande River in their attempt to enter into El Paso, Texas from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
            
              A U.S. Border Patrol stands before a line of migrants before letting the group enter into El Paso, Texas, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              A migrant mother carries her child while walking toward the border fence after crossing the Rio Grande in their attempt to enter into El Paso, Texas from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
            
              A line of people, some migrants and some homeless, await a hot breakfast Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Migrants approach the border wall in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border from El Paso, Texas. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              Haitians who hope to apply for asylum in the U.S. wait to register their names on a list made by a religious organization in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border with McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Haitian migrants hoping to apply for asylum in the U.S., gather along the U.S. Mexico border, as they wait to register with a religious organization, in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Haitian migrants hoping to apply for asylum in the U.S., gather along the U.S. Mexico border, as they wait to register with a religious organization, in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Texas National Guard troops patrol the Border in El Paso, Texas, as migrants watch from across the river in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. About 400 troops arrived early Tuesday morning to secure the border with Humvees and concertina wire. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell’Orto)
            
              Migrants approach the U.S. border wall from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border from El Paso, Texas. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              A migrant couple looks towards the border fence trying to decide whether or not to cross the Rio Grande River in their attempt to enter into El Paso, Texas from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
            
              A U.S. Border Patrol stands before a line of migrants before letting the group enter into El Paso, Texas, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              A migrant mother carries her child while walking toward the border fence after crossing the Rio Grande in their attempt to enter into El Paso, Texas from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
            
              A line of people, some migrants and some homeless, await a hot breakfast Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Migrants approach the border wall in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border from El Paso, Texas. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              Haitians who hope to apply for asylum in the U.S. wait to register their names on a list made by a religious organization in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border with McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Haitian migrants hoping to apply for asylum in the U.S., gather along the U.S. Mexico border, as they wait to register with a religious organization, in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Haitian migrants hoping to apply for asylum in the U.S., gather along the U.S. Mexico border, as they wait to register with a religious organization, in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Texas National Guard troops patrol the Border in El Paso, Texas, as migrants watch from across the river in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. About 400 troops arrived early Tuesday morning to secure the border with Humvees and concertina wire. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell’Orto)
            
              Migrants approach the U.S. border wall from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border from El Paso, Texas. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              A migrant couple looks towards the border fence trying to decide whether or not to cross the Rio Grande River in their attempt to enter into El Paso, Texas from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
            
              A U.S. Border Patrol stands before a line of migrants before letting the group enter into El Paso, Texas, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              A migrant mother carries her child while walking toward the border fence after crossing the Rio Grande in their attempt to enter into El Paso, Texas from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
            
              A line of people, some migrants and some homeless, await a hot breakfast Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Migrants approach the border wall in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border from El Paso, Texas. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              Haitians who hope to apply for asylum in the U.S. wait to register their names on a list made by a religious organization in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border with McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Haitian migrants hoping to apply for asylum in the U.S., gather along the U.S. Mexico border, as they wait to register with a religious organization, in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Haitian migrants hoping to apply for asylum in the U.S., gather along the U.S. Mexico border, as they wait to register with a religious organization, in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Texas National Guard troops patrol the Border in El Paso, Texas, as migrants watch from across the river in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. About 400 troops arrived early Tuesday morning to secure the border with Humvees and concertina wire. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell’Orto)
            
              Migrants approach the U.S. border wall from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border from El Paso, Texas. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              A migrant couple looks towards the border fence trying to decide whether or not to cross the Rio Grande River in their attempt to enter into El Paso, Texas from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
            
              A U.S. Border Patrol stands before a line of migrants before letting the group enter into El Paso, Texas, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              A migrant mother carries her child while walking toward the border fence after crossing the Rio Grande in their attempt to enter into El Paso, Texas from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
            
              A line of people, some migrants and some homeless, await a hot breakfast Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Migrants approach the border wall in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border from El Paso, Texas. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              Haitians who hope to apply for asylum in the U.S. wait to register their names on a list made by a religious organization in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border with McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Texas National Guard troops patrol the Border in El Paso, Texas, as migrants watch from across the river in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. About 400 troops arrived early Tuesday morning to secure the border with Humvees and concertina wire. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell’Orto)
            
              Migrants approach the U.S. border wall from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border from El Paso, Texas. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              A migrant couple looks towards the border fence trying to decide whether or not to cross the Rio Grande River in their attempt to enter into El Paso, Texas from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
            
              A U.S. Border Patrol stands before a line of migrants before letting the group enter into El Paso, Texas, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              A migrant mother carries her child while walking toward the border fence after crossing the Rio Grande in their attempt to enter into El Paso, Texas from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
            
              A line of people, some migrants and some homeless, await a hot breakfast Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. Thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday, camping outside or packing into shelters as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Migrants approach the border wall in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border from El Paso, Texas. Migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the southern border Wednesday as they waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              Haitians who hope to apply for asylum in the U.S. wait to register their names on a list made by a religious organization in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border with McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              The border fence ends at the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Texas National Guard troops patrol the Border in El Paso, Texas, as migrants watch from across the river in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. About 400 troops arrived early Tuesday morning to secure the border with Humvees and concertina wire. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell’Orto)
            
              A young Haitian migrant stands next to his father after receiving holiday toys at an entry point Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. As tensions remain high at the U.S-Mexico border amid uncertainty over the future of restrictions on asylum-seekers, the U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Two persons cross the Tijuana River in an area often used by migrants to cross into the U.S. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Haitian migrants who hope to apply for asylum in the U.S. wait to register their names on a list made by a religious organization in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border with McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Haitians who hope to apply for asylum in the U.S. wait to register their names on a list made by a religious organization in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border with McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              The border fence ends at the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Texas National Guard troops patrol the Border in El Paso, Texas, as migrants watch from across the river in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. About 400 troops arrived early Tuesday morning to secure the border with Humvees and concertina wire. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell’Orto)
            
              A young Haitian migrant stands next to his father after receiving holiday toys at an entry point Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. As tensions remain high at the U.S-Mexico border amid uncertainty over the future of restrictions on asylum-seekers, the U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Two persons cross the Tijuana River in an area often used by migrants to cross into the U.S. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Haitian migrants who hope to apply for asylum in the U.S. wait to register their names on a list made by a religious organization in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border with McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Haitians who hope to apply for asylum in the U.S. wait to register their names on a list made by a religious organization in Reynosa, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, on the other side of the border with McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              The border fence ends at the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Texas National Guard troops patrol the Border in El Paso, Texas, as migrants watch from across the river in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. About 400 troops arrived early Tuesday morning to secure the border with Humvees and concertina wire. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell’Orto)
            
              A young Haitian migrant stands next to his father after receiving holiday toys at an entry point Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. As tensions remain high at the U.S-Mexico border amid uncertainty over the future of restrictions on asylum-seekers, the U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Two persons cross the Tijuana River in an area often used by migrants to cross into the U.S. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              The border fence ends at the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Texas National Guard troops patrol the Border in El Paso, Texas, as migrants watch from across the river in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. About 400 troops arrived early Tuesday morning to secure the border with Humvees and concertina wire. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell’Orto)
            
              A young Haitian migrant stands next to his father after receiving holiday toys at an entry point Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. As tensions remain high at the U.S-Mexico border amid uncertainty over the future of restrictions on asylum-seekers, the U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Two persons cross the Tijuana River in an area often used by migrants to cross into the U.S. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              The border fence ends at the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Texas National Guard troops patrol the Border in El Paso, Texas, as migrants watch from across the river in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. About 400 troops arrived early Tuesday morning to secure the border with Humvees and concertina wire. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell’Orto)
            
              A young Haitian migrant stands next to his father after receiving holiday toys at an entry point Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. As tensions remain high at the U.S-Mexico border amid uncertainty over the future of restrictions on asylum-seekers, the U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Two persons cross the Tijuana River in an area often used by migrants to cross into the U.S. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              The border fence ends at the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Texas National Guard troops patrol the Border in El Paso, Texas, as migrants watch from across the river in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. About 400 troops arrived early Tuesday morning to secure the border with Humvees and concertina wire. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell’Orto)
            
              A young Haitian migrant stands next to his father after receiving holiday toys at an entry point Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. As tensions remain high at the U.S-Mexico border amid uncertainty over the future of restrictions on asylum-seekers, the U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Two persons cross the Tijuana River in an area often used by migrants to cross into the U.S. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Two persons cross the Tijuana River in an area often used by migrants to cross into the U.S. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              The border fence ends at the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Russian migrant family members stand by the border with the U.S. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Russian migrant family members stand by the border with the U.S. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              A Border Patrol agent keeps a lookout with binoculars in an area often used by migrants to cross into the U.S. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Two persons cross the Tijuana River in an area often used by migrants to cross into the U.S. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              The border fence ends at the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Russian migrant family members stand by the border with the U.S. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Russian migrant family members stand by the border with the U.S. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              A Border Patrol agent keeps a lookout with binoculars in an area often used by migrants to cross into the U.S. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Migrants gather round a camp fire near the U.S.-Mexico border as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary order to keep pandemic-era limits on asylum-seekers in place, though it could be brief, as conservative-leaning states push to maintain a measure that allows officials to expel many but not all asylum-seekers. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              A family is seen on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande River through the concertina wire placed earlier in the day by Texas National Guard troops at site of the recent mass migrant crossings in El Paso, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell'Orto)
            
              A few miles west of where the Texas National Guard deployed on the U.S.-Mexico border, a few children play by the fence on the Mexican side in the desert scrub across from Sunland Park, N.M., Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell'Orto)
            
              Haitian migrants listen to immigration attorneys giving updates on their current asylum status, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Migrants receive toys at an entry point, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Migrants receive toys at an entry point, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government made its plea in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
            
              Migrants gather along the U.S.-Mexico border as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. The U.S. government asked the Supreme Court not to lift the limits before Christmas in a filing a day after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the pandemic-era limits on migrants in place.  (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              Migrants stand behind barbed wire as a barrier from crossing into El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. Tensions remained high at the U.S-Mexico border Tuesday amid uncertainty over the future of restrictions on asylum-seekers, with the Biden administration asking the Supreme Court not to lift the limits before Christmas. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              Migrants cross the Rio Grande towards the U.S.-Mexico border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. Tensions remained high at the U.S-Mexico border Tuesday amid uncertainty over the future of restrictions on asylum-seekers, with the Biden administration asking the Supreme Court not to lift the limits before Christmas. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              U.S. military prevent migrants from crossing into El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. Tensions remained high at the U.S-Mexico border Tuesday amid uncertainty over the future of restrictions on asylum-seekers, with the Biden administration asking the Supreme Court not to lift the limits before Christmas. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              Migrants gather at a crossing into El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. Tensions remained high at the U.S-Mexico border Tuesday amid uncertainty over the future of restrictions on asylum-seekers, with the Biden administration asking the Supreme Court not to lift the limits before Christmas. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              Migrants stand behind barbed wire to keep them from crossing into El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. Tensions remained high at the U.S-Mexico border Tuesday amid uncertainty over the future of restrictions on asylum-seekers, with the Biden administration asking the Supreme Court not to lift the limits before Christmas. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              Migrants stand near the U.S.-Mexico border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. Pandemic-era immigration restrictions in the U.S. known as Title 42 are set to expire on Dec. 21. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              A migrant youth draws while living at a shelter on the U.S.-Mexico border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. Pandemic-era immigration restrictions in the U.S. known as Title 42 are set to expire on Dec. 21. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              Migrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and turn themselves into U.S. Border Patrol agents, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. Pandemic-era immigration restrictions in the U.S. known as Title 42 are set to expire on Dec. 21. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              Migrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. Pandemic-era immigration restrictions in the U.S. known as Title 42 are set to expire on Dec. 21. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              An electronic sign flashes "Watch for unexpected pedestrians," Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, on the highway next to the fenced US-Mexican border just east of downtown El Paso, Texas, next to one of the three bridges that connect the Texas city with the sprawling metropolis of Juarez, Mexico. Many migrant advocates expect Juarez to "empty out" if Title 42 is lifted, since thousands of migrants have been biding their time there, waiting for a chance to cross into the United States without being immediately sent back. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell'Orto)
            
              U.S. military stop migrants from crossing into El Paso, Texas, seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary order to keep pandemic-era limits on asylum-seekers in place, though it could be brief, as conservative-leaning states push to maintain a measure that allows officials to expel many but not all asylum-seekers. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            Migrants gather near a camp fire near the U.S.-Mexico border as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary order to keep pandemic-era limits on asylum-seekers in place, though it could be brief, as conservative-leaning states push to maintain a measure that allows officials to expel many but not all asylum-seekers. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez) Migrants gather near a camp fire near the U.S.-Mexico border as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary order to keep pandemic-era limits on asylum-seekers in place, though it could be brief, as conservative-leaning states push to maintain a measure that allows officials to expel many but not all asylum-seekers. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez) Migrants gather near a camp fire near the U.S.-Mexico border as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary order to keep pandemic-era limits on asylum-seekers in place, though it could be brief, as conservative-leaning states push to maintain a measure that allows officials to expel many but not all asylum-seekers. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez) Migrants return to the Ciudad Juarez, Mexico side of the border as U.S. military stand guard in El Paso, Texas, right, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. The Supreme Court issued a temporary order to keep pandemic-era limits on asylum-seekers in place, though it could be brief, as conservative-leaning states push to maintain a measure that allows officials to expel many but not all asylum-seekers. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez) U.S. military patrol the border of El Paso, Texas, seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. The Supreme Court issued a temporary order to keep pandemic-era limits on asylum-seekers in place, though it could be brief, as conservative-leaning states push to maintain a measure that allows officials to expel many but not all asylum-seekers. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez) U.S. military guard El Paso's border with Mexico, seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. The Supreme Court issued a temporary order to keep pandemic-era limits on asylum-seekers in place, though it could be brief, as conservative-leaning states push to maintain a measure that allows officials to expel many but not all asylum-seekers. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez) 
              Migrants wait near the U.S.-Mexico border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. Pandemic-era immigration restrictions in the U.S. known as Title 42 are set to expire on Dec. 21. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              Migrants sit around a fire at a shelter on the U.S.-Mexico border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. Pandemic-era immigration restrictions in the U.S. known as Title 42 are set to expire on Dec. 21. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
            
              A migrant from El Salvador covers himself from a light winter drizzle while camping on a street in downtown El Paso, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. Texas border cities were preparing Sunday for a surge of as many as 5,000 new migrants a day across the U.S.-Mexico border as pandemic-era immigration restrictions expire this week, setting in motion plans for providing emergency housing, food and other essentials. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
            
              Migrants are served warm food donated by residents in downtown El Paso, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. Texas border cities were preparing Sunday for a surge of as many as 5,000 new migrants a day across the U.S.-Mexico border as pandemic-era immigration restrictions expire this week, setting in motion plans for providing emergency housing, food and other essentials. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Francisco Palacios waited for four hours with his wife and 3-year-old daughter at a border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego early Wednesday before going to a nearby hotel for a three-hour nap. They came back, bags packed, only to be disappointed again.

But the family from the western Mexican city of Morelia is prepared to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that have prevented many from seeking asylum, said Palacios.

“We don’t have a choice,” Palacios said in Spanish, explaining that his family arrived in Tijuana two weeks ago to escape violence and gangs that extorted them for years for a chunk of their income selling fruit from a street cart.

They’re among thousands of migrants gathered along the Mexican side of the border, camping outside or packing into shelters as the weather grows colder.

The limits on border crossings had been set to expire Wednesday before conservative-leaning states sought the top court’s help to keep them in place. The Biden administration asked the court to lift the restrictions, but not before Christmas. It’s not clear when the court’s decision will come.

Texas National Guard members took up positions in El Paso at the behest of the state, while volunteers and law enforcement officers worried that some migrants could succumb to the cold. Nighttime temperatures have been in the 30s and will be even colder in coming days. The Roman Catholic Diocese of El Paso, where nighttime temperatures could drop into the 20s this week, planned to open two more shelters for up to 1,000 people at area churches.

Jhorman Morey, a 38-year-old mechanic from Venezuela, warmed his hands by a campfire with a half-dozen other migrants on the southern side of the Rio Grande. He said he was waiting for a decision on the restrictions before attempting to cross into the U.S. Other migrants waded through shallow waters toward a gate in the border fence.

“I want them to decide” on the public health rule known as Title 42, said Morey, who arrived six weeks ago in the Mexican city of Juarez, across the border from El Paso. He now rarely eats after exhausting his savings.

Hundreds of migrants remained in line in Juarez. Others slept along the concrete embankments of the Rio Grande.

As crowds gathered on the riverbanks, 1st Sgt. Suzanne Ringle said one woman went into labor and was assisted by Border Patrol agents. She added that many children were among the crowd.

In Tijuana, an estimated 5,000 migrants were staying in more than 30 shelters and many more renting rooms and apartments. Layered, razor-topped walls rising 30 feet (9 meters) along the border with San Diego make the area daunting for illegal crossings.

A mood of resignation prevailed in Tijuana’s Agape shelter, which housed 560 predominantly Mexican migrants on Wednesday.

Maricruz Martinez, who arrived with her 13-year-old daughter five weeks ago after fleeing violence in Mexico’s Michoacan state, said rumors were rampant that migrants should line up at the border crossing to San Diego Monday.

Albert Rivera, the pastor and shelter director, convened a meeting to tell people migrants that they should only trust official U.S. sources. He convinced most occupants, but said he would like the U.S. government to provide more detailed updates.

A Mexican woman staying at the shelter with her husband and 11-year-old son, who declined to give her name because she is being pursued by a gang, said she fled her village of about 40 homes in Michoacan state after a gang forced her brother to join, killed him, and then burned her house down. The last straw came after the gang forced her 15-year-old son to join them under threat of killing the family and demanded her husband join, sending photos of chopped limbs as a message of the price for resistance.

The woman said the gang took her husband’s refusal as an insult. “They think we are making fun of them for not wanting to join them,” she said, fighting back tears.

The pastor said psychologists had interviewed the woman and he hoped for her to be exempted from Title 42.

A Mexican man who asked that he be identified by his first name, Brian, for safety reasons, said his refusal to join a gang after seven years in the army prompted him to flee his home in Guerrero state with his wife and two sons two months ago. He avoids leaving the shelter except for quick shopping trips.

Brian said he applied for an exemption to the asylum ban.

“Desperate, sad,” he said when describing his thoughts when he learned that Title 42 would be extended beyond Wednesday. “It’s dangerous because you don’t know who could be following you.”

Under Title 42, officials have expelled asylum-seekers inside the United States 2.5 million times, and turned away most people who requested asylum at the border, on grounds of preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Immigration advocates have said the restrictions go against American and international obligations to people fleeing to the U.S. to escape persecution, and that the pretext is outdated as coronavirus treatments improve. They sued to end the use of Title 42; a federal judge sided with them in November and set the Dec. 21 deadline.

Conservative-leaning states appealed to the Supreme Court, warning that an increase in migration would take a toll on public services and cause an “unprecedented calamity” that they said the federal government had no plan to deal with.

In response, Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary order to keep the restrictions in place.

The federal government then asked the Supreme Court to reject the states’ effort while also acknowledging that ending the restrictions abruptly will likely lead to “disruption and a temporary increase in unlawful border crossings.”

States filed a response early Wednesday, arguing that letting the restrictions expire while the court reviews the lower court decision would cause “immediate, severe, and irreversible harms” to the states.

Though the Wednesday expiration date was set weeks ago, the U.S. government asked for more time to prepare — while saying that it has sent more resources to the border.

About 23,000 agents are deployed to the southern border, according to the White House. The Biden administration said it has sent more Border Patrol processing coordinators and more surveillance and has increased security at ports of entry.

Should the Supreme Court act before Friday, the government wants the restrictions in place until the end of Dec. 27. If the court acts on Friday or later, the government wants the limits to remain until the second business day following such an order.

Title 42 allows the government to expel asylum-seekers of all nationalities, but it’s disproportionately affected people from countries whose citizens Mexico has agreed to take: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and, more recently, Venezuela, in addition to Mexico.

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Rebecca Santana in Washington, D.C., Juan Lozano in Houston, Alicia Fernández in Ciudad Juarez and Tammy Webber in Fenton, Michigan, contributed to this report.

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