Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Cuban caravan attempts to rush border near McAllen, TX, as non-Central American migrant numbers soar

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Two groups of mainly Cuban nationals attempted to rush the Hidalgo port of entry by running across the Hidalgo International Bridge near McAllen, Texas, late Tuesday evening, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
According to a CBP official in an emailed statement, “At about 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, U.S. Customs and Border Protection deployed officers and concertina wire to temporarily close the Hidalgo International Bridge in response to multiple groups of undocumented aliens that had attempted to enter the port without inspection.”
The international bridge divides Hidalgo County, Texas, from the very violent Mexican city of Reynosa, which is the epicenter of much of the cartel activity of Cártel del Golfo.
Customs agents temporarily suspended pedestrian and vehicular traffic for roughly two hours. Then, another group of “approximately 50 undocumented aliens attempted entry without inspection at Hidalgo Bridge at 12:24 a.m. on Thursday, July 4.” This time, CBP went a step further and redeployed the “port hardening” measures “at mid-bridge.”
According to one Spanish-language source based in Tamaulipas, the first group was composed of 37 Cuban nationals. CBP confirmed with CR that “it appears both groups were primarily Cuban nationals.”
Recently, Cuban migration through the land border has been increasing so much that they are now taking over much of the street-level crime in cities like Juarez. In May, Kyle Williamson, special agent in charge of the DEA in El Paso, told CR, “The Cubans are pretty much occupying all of the motels in town and, together with the Hondurans, are working the street-level drug trafficking.”
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