The small Texas border town Eagle Pass declared a state of emergency on Wednesday amid a “heavy” surge of illegal immigrants, mostly single adult men, trying to enter the United States.
Eagle Pass Mayor Rolando Salinas Jr. issued the Emergency declaration “due to the heavy influx of illegal immigrants” plaguing the city. The emergency order is in effect for a period of seven days unless extended by the City Council.
“The state of disaster requires that certain emergency protective measures be taken in accordance with the Texas Disaster Act of 1975 relating to emergency management and public health,” the order states. “The declaration of a local state of disaster activates the emergency response plan for the City of Eagle Pass, Texas. Additionally, it authorizes the City of Eagle Pass to request assistance and assistance under the Declaration.”
Salinas noted that the city is “committed to the safety and well-being of our local citizens. “The emergency declaration gives us the opportunity to request funding to provide the additional services caused by the influx of undocumented immigrants.”
Bill Melugin, a Fox News national correspondent, shared photos and videos of “massive” waves of migrants entering the United States illegally.
On Wednesday morning, Melugin wrote on that some of the illegal migrants said they hitchhiked on a train in Mexico.
Melugin described one of the “huge” migrant groups as consisting of “predominantly single adult men” who were “waiting to be processed by Border Patrol.”
“Patrol. Even more crossing right now. Endless immigration lines. No fear of consequences for illegal crossing. “They expect to be released into the U.S. after processing,” he said, calling the Eagle Pass border crossing “absolutely free for all”.
The Texas Department of Public Safety told the reporter Wednesday afternoon that at least 4,000 people crossed Eagle Pass over the past day.
On Monday, the New York Post reported that Mexican drug cartels are working to spread inaccurate rumors online and tell migrants seeking asylum in the United States that they will be allowed entry. Law enforcement officials told the media outlet that they believe the cartel is trying to overwhelm the border and distract officers while they smuggle illegal drugs into the country.
Earlier this week, Fox News Digital reported that more than 2,200 illegal immigrants crossed the Eagle Pass border into the United States.
Mexico’s largest freight company, Ferromex, made the announcement on Tuesday Suspend 60 moves to the “unprecedented” number of migrants hitchhiking to the border. The company found that the migrants’ train rides resulted in “half a dozen unfortunate cases of injury or death.”
“For this reason, Ferromex will temporarily suspend its operations on the affected routes to protect the physical integrity of migrants and will monitor all measures taken by the authorities,” the company said.
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