The Biden administration recently announced plans to send another person 800 US military personnel to the southern border to help there Processing of migrants but not to assist law enforcement efforts.
According to Biden’s Department of Homeland Security, the active-duty troops “will assist with logistics and other functions at the border so that more Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers can return to their core mission and responsibilities.”
There are already 2,500 National Guard members deployed at the border to help complete paperwork and other processing that would otherwise keep Customs and Border Protection officers busy. DHS reported that there are currently 24,000 Border Patrol agents along the southern border and that deploying troops will free them up to return to the field.
According to border officials, there has been a significant increase in illegal crossings at the southern border in recent weeks, largely due to inaccurate rumors spread by Mexican drug cartels on social media. Police officers said this New York Post that they believe the cartels are trying to overpower agents to smuggle drugs into the country.
Earlier this week, Rolando Salinas Jr., the mayor of Eagle Pass, Texas, declared a state of emergency following a “severe” surge in illegal immigrants. Salinas stated that most people crossing the country were single adult men.
The Texas Department of Public Safety told Fox News national correspondent Bill Melugin on Wednesday that at least 4,000 illegal immigrants have crossed Eagle Pass in recent days.
Salinas told the post on Thursday: “The illegal crossing must have consequences.”
“I’ve never seen people crossing paths like that,” he continued. “If they want to come, they have to enter through the port of entry. I know people are desperate, but this is a country of laws.”
Salinas added that Eagle Pass police and firefighters are overwhelmed with the recent influx of migrants.
“We don’t have the resources to deal with this,” he explained. “We saw robberies, they broke into houses.”
He noted that the small border town is preparing for 4,000 to 9,000 migrants to attempt to enter the country in the next few days. In the last ten days, the city encountered about 11,500 migrants at the border. For comparison, the Post noted that the entire southern border set a record in May when 10,000 people attempted to cross in one day.
On Wednesday evening, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Chris Olivarez said specified On
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott declared “an invasion on our border” because of the president’s policies.
“Texas has installed barbed wire at Eagle Pass to prevent illegal border crossings,” Abbott said wrote on Xth Wednesday. “Today the Biden Administrator cut that wire, opening the floodgates to illegal immigrants. I immediately deployed more Texas National Guard to deter illegal border crossings and install more barbed wire.”
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