EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The El Paso Chamber hosted The State of the City address on April 19, with Mayor Oscar Leeser speaking about El Paso’s place in the national spotlight amid the migrant surge.

Mayor Leeser discussed how, with Title 42 ending on May 11 the city needs to be prepared for more migrants to cross the border into the United States.

Since September, El Paso has seen thousands of migrants cross the borders into the city. This has garnered national attention, even prompting President Joe Biden to visit the borderland.

Currently El Paso has received $15 million in federal funding to help the city with the looming end of Title 42 but Mayor Leeser said that is not enough to move forward.

“I’ve been talking to the White House for the past couple of days we’ve had quite a few conversations because May 11 is coming and its really important that we prepare for the unknown,” said Leeser

City council’s vote to not have the proposed multi purpose center built in the Duranguito neighborhood was also a topic with mayor Leeser explaining that it will be up to a vote to determine it final place.

“How do we incorporate the multi-purpose center in the area with duranguito those are some of the conversations well have moving forward again at the end of the day it becomes a council item that will determine the final place where we will do that.”

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