THE Southern border is swelling with a dramatic surge in illegal crossings not seen in decades. More than 200,000 people crossed last month, bringing the total this fiscal year to more than 1.5 million.
“There are 9,000 people really anxious and stressed,” said Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano, who has sought out federal officials at the Department of Homeland Security to aid his town of 35,000 residents.
HAITIANS IN MEXICO
In recent days, throngs of crowds – many of them Haitian migrants – have been amassing in the rural town of Del Rio and created a new front to the humanitarian crisis dogging the US.
Lozano described the conditions of the hoards of migrants camping out under The International Bridge as squalid and starting to take on the character of a shantytown, with scant access to clean water and food and only a few portable toilets, according to the New York Times.
The land is being quickly transformed with sweltering heat and unsanitary accommodations with constantly growing crowds.
GOV. ABBOTT BLAMES BIDEN
The dire situation drew Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to order state police and the National Guard to bolster the position and efforts of border agents in Del Rio, accusing the federal efforts of failing to curb the rise in crossings.
“The Biden administration is in complete disarray and is handling the border crisis as badly as the evacuation from Afghanistan,” Abbott said, knocking President Biden’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan
Days before the Aug. 31 deadline to end America’s longest war, a suicidal bombing detonated killing 13 US service members.
DEL RIO SURGE
The majority of those trying to enter the US through the bleak 245-mile stretch of the United States border with Mexico are people fleeing Haiti, the Caribbean island that had been pelted with hurricanes and in July lost its president Jovenel Moïse to an assassination.
The Del Rio border sector is seeing a dramatic spike in migrants – many of them Haitians who have fled their country to journey to the US through Mexico since June.
The staggering numbers of migrants rose in both July and August, according to recent border statistics.
Earlier this week border agents brought into custody multiple Hatiains attempting to cross through the Del Rio region, according to the Times.
MORE AGENTS, FLIGHTS TO HAITI
The Department of Homeland Security has already ramped up with additional officers to the region as of Thursday to help relieve and provide reinforcements.
Another tactic is federal officials flying some of the migrants to other less crowded swaths of the border to lessen the onslaught of migrants.
The Biden administration told the Times that there are going to be return flights to Haiti taking off come Monday to further disincentivize Haitians from returning for another try.
Many of the migrants are children, or officially called unaccompanied minors.
In fact on Sept. 14 in Eagle Pass, Texas, border patrol agents found two abandoned babies along the Rio Grande.
As of Aug. 1, there were more than 2,200 unaccompanied migrant children in CBP custody.
Encounters of unaccompanied children increased 24 per cent, with 18,962 encounters in July compared with 15,234 in June, according to the CBP.
And from October 2020 to August 2021, border patrol agents have encountered over 132,622 unaccompanied migrant children along the Southwest borders.
President Joe Biden has been accused by Republicans for mishandling or even ignoring the crisis at the southern border.
Back in March, Kevin McCarthy, the House of Representatives minority leader, paid a visit to border facilities in El Paso, Texas,
“It’s more than a crisis. This is a human heartbreak,” McCarthy said at the time.
“It didn’t have to happen. This crisis is created by the presidential policies of this new administration.”
Last month, McCarthy tweeted: “More than 1,000,000 illegal immigrants have crossed the border on Biden’s watch – in less than 7 months.
“This is a CRISIS.
“The longer he and Democrats ignore it, the worse it gets.”
House and Senate Republicans accuse Biden of promising to sunset Trump’s border policies.
Many also criticized Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief measure which passed through Congress without any Republican support, granting stimulus payments to the one million citizen spouses of undocumented immigrants.
‘REMAIN IN MEXICO LITE’
And Biden attempted to scrap Trump’s “Remain In Mexico” policy.
Since it was implemented, it forced thousands of asylum hopefuls to stay in Mexico and wait for a US hearing, instead of being allowed to cross into the US to wait out years before their legal case was figured out.
This week, Biden has signaled he would favor a “Remain in Mexico lite.”
It would keep the number of asylum seekers awaiting their go-ahead to come to the US stay in Mexico for processing but give them more suitable living conditions and help them be represented by attorneys, multiple sources told Politico.
Complicating the crisis, a Texas judge on Thursday ordered that in two weeks the Biden administration would have to stop turning away migrant families under the public health rule, according to the Times.
Few were turned away from this rule, however, because of humanitarian exemptions among other factors.
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