Texas state troopers seal off U.S.-Mexico border in Del Rio
(*_ Texas troopers used cars to build a wall of steel this weekend. The Homeland Security Department stated that it was sending agents and officers to the location to process thousands of illegal immigrants who have made it across.
Homeland Security promised more deportation flights, expedited removal and a faster deportation process to get rid of as many migrants, mostly Haitians, from their camp on the banks the Rio Grande.
With the stream of new migrants cut off, authorities whittled down the numbers from a peak of about 16,000 people late last week to fewer than 13,000 Sunday afternoon.
Todd Bensman, senior national security fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, who has been observing the scene on the ground for several days, said the Biden administration is desperate to get the numbers to a manageable level before those in the camp grow unruly.
They are actually afraid of a major riot,” he stated.
The chaotic scene forced the feds, after a day of dithering, to close the border crossing late on Friday.
Texas Governor. Greg Abbott claimed that he believed officials had agreed to close the port of entry on Thursday. However, Customs and Border Protection denied any knowledge.
Mr. Abbott stated Sunday that he had deployed the National Guard as well as state troopers to protect the Rio Grande shoreline.
“More law enforcement and National Guard are being added daily to protect the region from illegal immigration,” Governor Abbott stated on Twitter.
The Biden team has also begun to speak tough. It stated that it would increase deportation flights to Haiti, and collaborate with countries where Haitians might have lived before they made the trip to the U.S. These countries are expected to return the Haitians.
Many of the Haitians had been living in countries such as Brazil and Argentina, not Haiti, and saw the Biden administration‘s more relaxed approach to immigration enforcement as an invitation to try to jump the border.
Homeland Security stated that it is trying to convey the message that the border is closed and that people should not attempt to cross it.
Families and individuals are subject to restrictions at the border, including expulsion. In a statement, the department stated that irregular migration poses a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of border communities as well as the lives of migrants. It should be avoided.
It’s unclear if those words will be heeded.
Deporting many of the Haitians to Haiti seems a tough prospect, particularly because the Biden administration last month declared that country so unstable that it was granting a deportation amnesty to Haitians already in the U.S.
Analysts said it’s just as likely the Haitians will be processed, make iffy asylum claims and be released to pursue those claims in coming years.
In addition to Haitians there were also some Venezuelans, Cubans, and others who were present in the camp. This was due to the overwhelming number of migrants making it difficult for Border Patrol agents.
The camp was full of people waiting for their turn to be arrested by Border Patrol agents.
The reasons behind the sudden surge in numbers are unclear, but Mr. Bensman claimed he gained some clues while he was in Ciudad Acuna across the river from Del Rio.
He claimed that migrants had told him that they were held at Mexico’s southern border camp for several months before Mexican authorities gave them permission to leave.
So they went — headed north to the U.S. which was their goal all along.
They ended up in Ciudad Acuna as the city’s cartels don’t manage human smuggling along the river like they do along most of the border. Mr. Bensman explained in an analysis.
Those who reach the city can swim across the Rio Grande free of harassment and without having to pay the “piso,” a crossing fee collected by cartels from other areas. That fee can run upwards of $1,000.
The migrant beachhead was the latest test for the Biden administration, which is still struggling to find its footing on immigration and border issues. The administration erased a network of get-tough policies that the Trump team had put into place, and migrants reacted by coming in unprecedented numbers.
If September continues at its current pace, fiscal year 2021 would surpass the all-time record of illegal immigrants captured at the border.
Former President Donald Trump was present Sunday. He was puzzled as to why National Guard troops were sent to Washington to guard a pro-Trump rally. They should have been deployed to Del Rio.
The largest number of illegal aliens ever in our Country’s history are flooding in by the thousands. They are totally unchecked and unvetted, can do whatever they want, and go wherever they want,” the former president said, asserting that the U.S. “is rapidly becoming a cesspool of humanity.”
He said the press wasn’t giving enough attention to what he called the “greatest crisis in the history of our country.”