Since the Biden Administration has continued to tie the hands of the U.S. Border Patrol, Texas state officials are preparing for what could quite possibly be the largest surge of illegal immigrants coming across the U.S. southern border from Mexico.
This comes in the aftermath of thousands of Haitian immigrants entering the country and amassing under the Del Rio Texas international bridge several weeks ago.
The Biden administration has restrained the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which means fewer immigrants have been deported and more have entered the interior of the country, ultimately incentivizing more immigrants to cross the border illegally.
NBC News reported last night that U.S. officials are warning they are expecting a “record” 400,000 illegal immigrants to surge across the border next month.
400,000 IN JUST ONE MONTH. For perspective, below is a comparison of the illegal crossings from the last few years. pic.twitter.com/ZWlqF6ulnq
— Tommy Pigott (@TommyPigott) October 1, 2021
Texas Law Enforcement Stepping Up
Because the Border Patrol has been essentially pulled from the border itself, and is being used to process immigrants, state law enforcement agencies like the Department of Public Safety and the National Guard are filling in the Border Patrol gaps.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted over the weekend, “Texas National Guard is gearing up at the border for increased caravans attempting to cross the border caused by Biden’s open border policy. They are working with the Texas Dept. of Public Safety to seal surge locations at the border & arrest trespassers.”
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Spokeswoman for Gov. Abbott, Renae Eze said thousands of national Guard troops had been deployed to the border since March but would not give an exact number. Officials from DPS said that roughly 1,000 DPS officers had been sent to Del Rio late last month.
Texas National Guard is gearing up at the border for increased caravans attempting to cross the border caused by Biden’s open border policy.
They are working with the Texas Dept. of Public Safety to seal surge locations at the border & arrest trespassers.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 2, 2021
How Haitian Immigrants Arrive In The U.S.
Several factors have played into the mass migration of Haitians coming to the U.S.
In just the past year, the poorest nation in the western hemisphere has endured a major earthquake, powerful hurricane, and political unrest as the country’s president was assassinated in July.
Many have resided in South American countries such as Brazil and Chile for several years, but with the help of cartels, they are leaving for the U.S. Their trek takes them through Panama and Central America and onward north.
Panama Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes said that the Panamanian government “sounded the alarm” last month about the impending surge of migrants to the U.S.
She says that there was no response from the Biden administration.
As the group of 60,000 head northward to Texas, another 30,000 are currently in Columbia and headed for Panama. Mouynes added, “We’ve engaged with every single authority that we can think of, that we can come across, to say, ‘Please, let’s pay attention to this.’”
“Right now, the federal gov’t is not stepping in to take action. So Texas will take action.” – @LtChrisOlivarez, Texas Dept. of Public Safety
For months, @TxDPS & Texas Guard have been doing the federal gov’t’s job.
Unlike Biden, Texas won’t stop until our border is secure. pic.twitter.com/OA7WsMDr5j
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 5, 2021
Texas Taking Care Of Its Own Border
Last week, Gov. Abbott allocated an additional $100 million Texas taxpayer dollars to Operation Lone Star.
The program comprises state troopers, Texas Rangers, and the National Guard to assist the Border Patrol with apprehensions. As of last month there have been around 4,600 arrests. Abbott says they are arresting and jailing anyone coming across the border that trespasses on private property or public lands.
But Texas seems to be fighting what the federal government should be helping with. Last week, new guidelines were introduced by the Biden administration that said that illegal immigrants should not be deported solely on the basis of their immigration status.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated that DHS would focus on “apprehending, detaining, and deporting who might pose threats.” There was no answer as to what might cause a threat and how would officials know exactly who is a threat.
Secretary Mayorkas is concerned that as many as 400,000 could come across the border in the next month if border protocols are lifted, making that number ten times higher than the average month for the past decade, and dwarfing the 78,000 that came across in January when Joe Biden took office.
Immigrant surge coming to a town you live in.
Thank Biden and Harris for this.
— Ken Walker (@k_gwalker1) September 27, 2021