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Expiration of Title 42; Scholarships and Support; City Tests Traffic Light. Aired 4-4:10a ET

Aired May 16, 2023 - 04:00   ET


COY WIRE, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Hey, everyone. Hope it`s shaping up to be a terrific Tuesday. Let`s make this teacher time Tuesday, shall we? Shout out

to all the educators out there uplifting, informing, and inspiring students. Go on and dap up your teacher. Give a handshake or high five. Let

them know you appreciate all they do.

All right, lots to get to today, but only 10 minutes to do it, so let`s get to it. I`m Coy Wire. This is CNN 10. And we start with the end of Title 42.

Last week, we told you about the looming expiration of Title 42, the policy set by the Trump administration at the start of the COVID pandemic,

allowing migrants to be quickly expelled at the U.S. Southern border without a chance to ask for asylum. The policy expired last Thursday night,

along with the national coronavirus public health emergency.

With this expiration, there were major concerns about a massive surge of migrants at the border. But according to Homeland Security Secretary

Alejandro Mayorkas, the number of migrants at the U.S. Southern border is, "markedly down" over what they were prior to the end of Title 42.

Now, even though the number of people coming in may be lower than what federal officials were bracing for, communities at the southern border,

well, they`re still on high alert. Ed Lavandera has more.


ED LAVANDERA, CNN SENIOR NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: After Title 42 ended late Thursday night, some migrants discovered they didn`t make it in time.

This father and son from Venezuela were turned away, but he says the goal is to get to the other side to find a way to reach the United States. But

we`ll have to wait and figure it out.

ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS, HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY: We`ve been very, very clear that there are lawful, safe and orderly pathways to seek relief in

the United States. And if one arrives at our southern border, one is going to face tougher consequences.

LAVANDERA: In the days leading up to last night`s deadline, border officials saw a surge of migrants. More than 23,000 are now in CBP custody,

down slightly from earlier this week. But the end of Title 42 did not trigger the historic wave of migrants rushing to cross the border Friday

that was predicted. In El Paso, thousands were waiting to be processed outside a border gate.

CHIEF RAUL ORTIZ, U.S. BORDER PATROL: We`re prioritizing those most vulnerable populations. We`re doing this as quickly and as efficiently and

as safely as we possibly can.

LAVANDERA: That number now down to a couple hundred, says the city`s mayor.

MAYOR OSCAR LEESER, EL PASO, TEXAS: After yesterday`s spike at about 1800 that came in yesterday, we`ve not seen any additional big numbers come in

through the El Paso sector.

JOHN MARTIN, EL PASO, TEXAS: We had lean-tos or tents, whatever term you want to use, literally all along the wall.

LAVANDERA: John Martin runs a network of shelters in El Paso and said the crowds have dramatically dwindled in recent days.

MARTIN: As of about 11:00 o`clock this morning, we had no new arrivals.

LAVANDERA: While he was surprised at the lack of influx the morning after Title 42 lifted, he doesn`t expect it will stay this way.

MARTIN: I have to admit it`s nice to be able to breathe one more time, but we can`t let our guard down because we still know it`s coming.

LAVANDERA (on camera): In January U.S. Customs and Border Protection opened this massive tent processing facility in the El Paso area, about 20

miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. It`s designed to be able to hold about 1000 migrants at a time. And as you can see, construction crews are working

to expand. And we`re told by CBP officials in June they`ll have room for another 1000 migrants to hold at this facility.

(Voice-over): In Brownsville, dozens of buses line up near an intake facility, but a major humanitarian group in the area tells CNN they only

had one bus of migrants arrive today. About 155,000 migrants were estimated to be in shelters and on streets in Mexico waiting to enter the U.S. A

source familiar with federal estimates said migrants will still risk their lives to make it to the U.S. And from now on, people who cross the border

illegally will face a tougher path to requesting asylum. Many will be deported, like this group who were shackled and led onto a repatriation

flight, like this one, leaving for Guatemala on Thursday.

(On camera): In the days leading up to the end of Title 42, this alleyway, be kind of migrant shelter in El Paso was packed with migrants sleeping

outside. All of that has changed. And what several migrant advocates tell us is that for now, they think that migrants on the Mexican side of the

border are reassessing the border landscape, trying to figure out when the next best opportunity might be to cross into the U.S. Ed Lavandera, CNN, El

Paso, Texas.


WIRE: Today we are going to spotlight an inspiring young woman named Yasmine Arrington who knows firsthand the challenges of growing up while

having a parent who`s incarcerated. Gaining strength through her struggles, Yasmine started a nonprofit group called ScholarCHIPS. CHIPS is an acronym

standing for Children of Incarcerated Parents. The organization provides scholarships, mentoring, and a network of support. Meet our CNN hero,

Yasmine Arrington.


YASMINE ARRINGTON: My father has been in and out of jail, in prison my entire life. My father`s incarceration has certainly affected me on a

personal level, emotionally, mentally. Many young people who have incarcerated parents definitely feel stigmatized and marginalized.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are you looking at me? What are you looking at? Probably or some cookies.

ARRINGTON: I was 13 years old when my mother passed away. I was raised by my maternal grandmother. And my grandmother is a big advocate of education.

She knew that college was coming down the pike for me, but, you know, there was no college fund.

My grandmother began researching various scholarships online that I would be eligible for. She said, I don`t see any for young people like yourself

who have incarcerated parents. And I kept that in my mind. When I was a junior, I went through a social entrepreneurship program for teenagers, and

we had to come up with a social venture. So I pitched ScholarCHIPS. And the CHIPS, of course, is an imperfect acronym for Children of Incarcerated


And the judges, they love the idea. And so here I was, 16 years old, with $1,000 seed grant. I wasn`t even old enough to have a bank account.

ScholarCHIPS is a nonprofit organization that provides college scholarships, mentoring, mental health supports, and a robust support

network to college bound young adults who have incarcerated parents. The main objective is to help directly address the financial gap and challenges

that many of our scholars face.

Our scholars are provided with brand new laptops. We also have an emergency fund. And so when scholars have unexpected challenges that come up, we

definitely step in to help.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hello, there. How are we doing?

ARRINGTON: Our scholars have the option to opt in to being matched with a mentor who wants to be a cheerleader and a champion.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I mean, let`s remember this journey, right? Just lean into it and let it just wash over. This is really good stuff.

ARRINGTON: They have someone who has already been through college and the process that they`re currently going through.

Tiana (ph), hi.

I do personally check in with our scholars.

Getting ready for graduation?


ARRINGTON: I know, congratulations. I`m so excited.

The checkings are very helpful because oftentimes we will discover a need that a scholar has that we otherwise didn`t know.


WIRE: A judgy traffic light that only lets you pass if you`re driving, right? Well, that`s today`s story getting a 10 out of 10. This traffic

light is watching you, monitoring your speed as you`re passing through. If you`re under the limit, ding, ding, ding. Good job. Keep going. You can get

your green. But you`ll feel the shame if you drive too fast. A red light, you shall not pass. This is all part of an experiment in Canada, in a

suburb of Montreal. The light is also gathering information regarding traffic flow and driver behavior and then relays this information to the

city for analysis. In addition to making people ponder poor life choices by forcing them to slow down and stop at a red light. Now that`s breaking


Today`s specials out is going to Piedmont, South Carolina, Wren Middle School, you rock. Thank you for everyone who`s subscribed and have been

commenting on our CNN 10 YouTube Channel. Much love, right back at you. Make it an awesome day, everybody. I`ll see you tomorrow. I`m Coy Wire, and

we are CNN 10.