Significant Increase in Unlawful Crossings: On average, more than 2,400 migrants entered the United States illegally near El Paso, Texas, during the weekend, according to a senior Border Patrol official.
On average during the past three days in the El Paso Sector, 2,460 unlawful border crossings have been reported every day, with the majority of these occurring in and around the city’s central business district.
El Paso Sector acting Chief Patrol Agent Peter Jaquez tweeted, “We will continue to keep the public informed as the situation progresses.” Officials are worried that hundreds of migrants who have been staying across the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, would attempt to cross when a border regulation instituted by the Trump administration expires in late December.
The team has been working tirelessly to ensure that we have a system in place to handle the end of Title 42 in a way that is both humanitarian and orderly. We think it’s possible to protect our security concerns by doing this,” National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Monday.
Breaking! Over the weekend, the El Paso Sector experienced a major surge in illegal crossings, with a 3-day average of 2,460 daily encounters, primarily through the downtown area of El Paso. We will continue to keep the public informed as the situation evolves. pic.twitter.com/V2pOO6Y31N
— Peter Jaquez (@USBPChiefEPT) December 12, 2022
Laura Cruz Acosta, the city of El Paso’s director of strategic communications, said that they have been keeping an eye on the situation and holding regular meetings with their federal, state, and municipal partners.
Many of the people crossing the Rio Grande on Sunday were survivors of a mass kidnapping in Durango.
“We were 1,500 people sleeping in a house. They took everything, my passport, my phone,” recounted one survivor.
— Priscilla Totiyapungprasert 🌵 (@priscillatotiya) December 12, 2022
In El Paso on Tuesday, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will “meet with the CBP employees, examine operations, and engage with local politicians and organisations,” as per a press release. After a court ruling blocked the use of the authority known as Title 42 during the Trump administration, officials have been preparing for a flood of migrants when the ban is removed this month.
“U.S. Border Patrol facilities in El Paso are overflowing with thousands of illegal immigrants in custody and scores more waiting outside in a declining situation that is expected to get worse in the coming days and lead to mass street releases.”https://t.co/7Do8XJ393p
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 12, 2022
More than 2 million people have been denied entry to the United States from Mexico since March 2020, when the authority was first used. A source familiar with the matter has told us that the Biden administration is seeking more than $3 billion from Congress to get ready for the termination of the Trump administration’s border policy later this month.
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As reported initially by NBC News, the request is part of broader conversations over spending that aim to bolster resources for border management and technology. According to the source, the end of Title 42 is not the only reason that the Trump administration has primarily blocked asylum claimants at the border from entering the United States.
Our Border Patrol is being overrun with thousands crossing the border unlawfully. The Biden admin must end their failed policies and take action to stop unlawful migration.https://t.co/Qq98NfiXgf
— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) December 12, 2022
White House spokesman Abdullah Hasan said in a statement that “if Republicans in Congress are serious about border security, they would ensure that the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security have the resources they need to secure our border and build a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system.”
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