Thanks to the Biden administration, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers cut holes in a barbed wire border barrier in Eagle Pass, Texas, allowing a significant number of migrants to enter the United States. Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) had previously stretched Concertina wire as a barrier to prevent illegal crossings.
According to Fox News, a group of approximately 60 to 70 migrants gathered near the barrier. However, within a short span, the number surged to around 300 individuals, eager to cross into the U.S.
Amidst the chaos, some women and children found themselves stranded in the middle of the river. They were promptly rescued by what appeared to be Texas DPS officers, who utilized airboats to bring them to safety. The incident in Eagle Pass is just one of many recent episodes highlighting the challenges at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Over the past few weeks, thousands of migrants have been observed attempting to cross into the U.S. at this particular border point. The situation reached a climax over the weekend when a staggering 11,000 individuals reportedly crossed into the U.S. in a single day, setting what is believed to be a new record.
Recently, the Democratic mayor of Eagle Pass put the blame on Biden and his administration for the unprecedented surge of illegal aliens at the southern border, stating that Eagle Pass had been “abandoned” by the federal government.
Mayor Rolando Salinas told CNN Thursday that he had declared a state of emergency after more than 5,000 illegal aliens entered the border town from Mexico over a period of just five days. When asked whether he blames President Biden for the crisis, the border town mayor agreed.
“I’ll be honest with you, I believe 100 percent, he does bear some responsibility for this crisis,” Salinas said.
“I haven’t heard from anybody in the administration. The president hasn’t put out a statement, the vice president – I haven’t heard from anybody. Nobody has bothered to call me or anyone in the city staff saying, ‘Hey, this is the federal government, we’re worried about you, this is our plan of action.'”
Salinas continued, “We’re here abandoned, we’re on the border, we’re asking for help. This is unacceptable.”
The mayor has pleaded with the Biden Administration to enforce existing immigration law and stated that unfettered illegal immigration is “not fair” to those who come to the country legally.
“If you wanna come here, good – come legally. A lot of people have in the past. It takes a lot of money and years to do it the right way,” he continued. “And it’s not fair to those people that now you have thousands of people coming in without one single consequence. It’s just not fair.”
Under President Biden’s administration, the U.S.-Mexico border has witnessed a significant surge in migrant crossings, leading to overcrowded detention facilities and straining immigration resources.
In total, there were 232,972 migrant encounters at the southern border in August, according to figures released by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. This amounted to the highest figure in the calendar year, as well as the highest August on record.