Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Abbott Reveals Brownsville Border 'wired shut' To Ward Off Thousands of Migrants; Texas Now WIRES Border Shut: Hundreds of Spiral Wire Installed to Keep Migrants Out and with Thousands Lining Up at Crossings

Abbott reveals Brownsville border 'wired shut' to ward off thousands of migrants:
Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) showed how the state is seeking to temper a rush of migrants at the southern border late Monday evening, posting a video revealing barbed wiring strung across gaps along the border.
The video shows a nighttime shot of the border just two days before the expected end of the Trump-era Title 42 policy that allowed the swift expulsion of migrants on the grounds of public health. Hundreds of feet of spiraled wire can be seen along the ground, and some areas show the wire stacked to form a partition several feet tall.
“This is one thing Texas is doing to secure the border,” Abbott wrote in his post sharing the video of the sprawling wire fence. “This is the area near Brownsville where migrants were crossing in large numbers a few days ago. We now have it wired shut. Other areas will surface for crossing. We will wire them shut also.”
Abbott's tweet came just hours after he made his first public address over the border crisis since 34-year-old George Alvarez was arrested and charged with eight counts of manslaughter after his SUV plowed through a group of people outside Bishop Enrique San Pedro Ozanam Center, a migrant facility, on Sunday. --->READ MORE HERE
Texas now WIRES border shut: Hundreds of spiral wire installed to keep migrants out with just two days until Title 42 ends and with thousands lining up at crossings:
Gov. Greg Abbott revealed in the early hours of Tuesday morning that Texas authorities are using razor wire to close gaps in border barriers where large numbers of migrants are crossing.
The Texas governor said in a tweet along with a video of the new wiring that there is 'more to come' as the fencing is erected to stop migrants from illegally crossing the border before pandemic-era policy Title 42 ends on Thursday.
Border crossings are already spiking in the days leading up to the end of Title 42 with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehending more than 26,000 migrants in just 72 hours.
The last three days saw an average of 8,794 migrant apprehensions per day, according to figures released by CBP Chief Raul Ortiz.
This is an unprecedented figure that is only expected to grow in coming days with Title 42 set to expire on Thursday.
To stop the flow, Abbott deployed the elite Tactical Border Force on Monday to help secure the border.
The new razor wire fencing is also meant to help quell the surge.
'This is one thing Texas is doing to secure the border,' Abbott wrote in a tweet with a video of the wiring. 'This is the area near Brownsville where migrants were crossing in large numbers a few days ago. We now have it wired shut.
'Other areas will surface for crossing,' he admitted. 'We will wire them shut also.'
Currently, the average number of migrants crossing the southern border each day is 7,700. But the Biden administration estimates that the number could increase to 13,000 every day once Title 42 expires. Other external estimates have put that number even higher.
Human smugglers are encouraging migrants to head for the border. --->READ MORE HERE
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