Video footage captured a FerroMex train departing from Zacatecas, Mexico, en route to the U.S. southern border, with migrants visibly packed onto the train cars.
The migrants could be heard cheering while hanging off the sides of the cars. This scene unfolded despite the U.S. government sending a stern message to migrants, urging them not to attempt the journey.
Border patrols along the southern border have been grappling with an overwhelming influx of illegal crossings.
For instance, Ajo, Arizona, witnessed as many as 2,000 illegal crossings per day for several consecutive days last week, leading agents to resort to street releases due to overcrowded shelters. These migrants include individuals from Africa.
Infants and Children
In the preceding month, the Rio Grande Valley sector in Texas alone had well over 20,000 migrants in Border Patrol custody, as per information from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection source.
Caravans heading towards the southern border consist of families with infants and children, as well as unaccompanied minors.
Among the families intercepted along the Rio Grande Valley, many were released with future court dates.
Ankle Bracelet Proposal
The Biden administration is contemplating a plan to require migrants who cross into the U.S. to remain in Texas illegally while awaiting their asylum screening.
Officials in the administration have presented this plan as a means to reduce the influx of illegal immigrants at the southern border.
The proposed strategy would also involve the use of ankle bracelets to monitor migrants’ locations, specifically those who are apprehended.
Tearing Down Barriers
Simultaneously, the administration has taken legal action against Texas over the removal of a barrier placed in the Rio Grande and against Arizona for erecting a barrier made from shipping containers along its border with Mexico.
Migrants would undergo an asylum screening process to determine their eligibility to stay in the U.S., and discussions have occurred regarding collaboration with local groups to provide housing for these migrants.
Since May, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has removed or returned over 200,000 individuals, according to the agency.
The DHS has stated that it consistently engages in policy and operational discussions to leverage its authorities for a fair, humane, and effective immigration process that efficiently addresses those without a lawful basis to remain in the country.
Texas has initiated a busing program to transport migrants to “sanctuary cities” such as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles in an effort to provide relief to border towns.
Texas Bears the Brunt
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has argued that Texas cities have borne the brunt of illegal immigration and insists that “sanctuary cities” share in this responsibility.
“Texas has bused over 35,000 migrants to self-declared sanctuary cities,” he wrote earlier this month on X (Twitter).
“Over 11,300 to D.C., over 13,300 to NYC, over 6,700 to Chicago, over 2,600 to Philadelphia, over 1,000 to Denver, over 480 to L.A.”
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