10 things you need to know today: May 12, 2023

Migrants surge at border as pandemic asylum restrictions end, the U.S. officially ends the COVID-19 public health emergency, and more

Migrants stand in line at the Southern border
Migrants have surged to the border as the pandemic-era Title 42 policy comes to an end
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1. Migrant surge hits as pandemic asylum restrictions end

A surge of migrants overwhelmed officials at the U.S.-Mexico border as Title 42 pandemic-related asylum restrictions expired on Thursday. U.S. border agents confronted about 10,000 migrants a day as the end of the program loomed and migrants from several countries who traveled through Mexico to reach the U.S. made last minute attempts to wade or swim across the Rio Grande to enter the United States before new restrictions took effect. "Our buses are full. Our planes are full," said Pedro Cardenas, a city commissioner in the border town of Brownsville, Texas, just north of Matamoros, Mexico. The Biden administration unveiled new restrictions to replace Title 42 requiring asylum seekers to apply using a new app or to seek protection in countries they pass through.

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Harold Maass, The Week US

Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.