Monday, May 8, 2023

Thousands of Immigrants Cross into Texas as Cartels Push Disinformation; Thousands of Immigrants Surge Across Border into Brownsville, Texas

Thousands of immigrants cross into Texas as cartels push disinformation
Cartels are attempting to funnel tens of thousands of immigrants hunkered down in Mexican cities along the border waiting to cross into the United States under false pretenses ahead of the end of Title 42 on May 11.
Over the past week, Border Patrol agents apprehended 51,560 noncitizens who illegally crossed the border between the land ports of entry, according to its national chief, Raul Ortiz.
Approximately 10,000 people crossed into the El Paso region over the past week, according to data a spokesman provided to the Washington Examiner. At the other end of Texas on the Gulf Coast, the Rio Grande Valley city of Brownsville had 7,000 people cross and surrender to Border Patrol in the same time frame.
Large groups crossing in that time are oftentimes misguided by people, including cartels, looking to profit. Many immigrants have been camped out long-term in Matamoros and Ciudad Juarez, across from Brownsville and El Paso, respectively, after traveling from Central and South America with the hope that Title 42 would soon end.
Nongovernmental organizations in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, told Border Patrol the city has 30,000 immigrants waiting to cross into the U.S. on May 11, the day after Title 42 is slated to end. --->READ MORE HERE
Thousands of immigrants surge across border into Brownsville, Texas
Human smugglers working for Mexican cartels have pushed thousands of immigrants across the Rio Grande from the Mexican city of Matamoros in the last several days, overwhelming Border Patrol agents in Brownsville, Texas,
The surge began last weekend as agents based out of Brownsville made more than 1,000 apprehensions of immigrants crossing illegally each day.
In a 24-hour period Monday, Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley of southeastern Texas took 1,600 people into custody, including groups of a couple of hundred people that came over the river on makeshift rafts and on foot.
Border Patrol's parent agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, did not respond to a request for comment on the total number of immigrants in custody or who had passed through its custody over the past week. Two supervisory Border Patrol agents told the Washington Examiner that agents in the Rio Grande Valley had made well over 10,000 apprehensions over the past week. The agents were not authorized to speak on behalf of the Border Patrol and spoke on condition of anonymity.
"We are here today addressing this migrant influx that has been affecting us now for about a week. We’ve had some high numbers of migrants come across this location. As you can see — a lot of the clothing, there's a lot of clothing left all over the area," said Gloria Chavez, Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector chief patrol agent, in a video shared on social media Thursday.
Hundreds of pieces of clothing have been left behind on the U.S. shoreline and line the dirt trail through the brush to an opening where agents organize immigrants into groups. --->READ MORE HERE
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