Drone video captures massive line of migrants entering Texas
Drone footage showed the steady stream of hundreds of migrants walking from Mexico to Texas days before Title 42 is set to expire.
The aerial footage captured by Fox News’ Flight Team shows the massive line snaking its way late Sunday from Matamoros to Brownsville, where US agents are reportedly seeing 2,000 migrants entering each day.
In the first four days of May, more than 8,000 asylum seekers have already made their way into the US from Mexico along the entire southern border, the news outlet reported, citing Customs and Border Protection sources.
Officials expected that number to soar to as many as 14,000 a day when the pandemic-era emergency measure that allowed for the rapid expulsion of some 2.8 million asylum seekers since March 2020 expires on Thursday.
Last week, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin agreed to send 1,500 US troops to the Mexico border at the Biden administration’s request to perform administrative tasks amid the surge of asylum seekers caused by Title 42’s lapse.
The Department of Homeland Security requested the Pentagon’s assistance to clamp down on illegal border crossings that are expected to also increase.
US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said last week that authorities faces “extremely challenging” circumstances along the border days before the pandemic-related asylum restrictions end.
He noted that Mexico last week agreed to to continue taking back Venezuelans who enter the US illegally after the restrictions end — along with Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans.
Mayorkas reaffirmed plans to open new migrant processing facilities in Central and South America and implement new policies that will allow officials to quickly expel asylum seekers who bypass them and pass through another country, like Mexico, on their way to the American border.
The new facilities could process up to 6,000 migrants a month at first, and eventually handle larger numbers of crowds applying asylum from violence, persecution and failed governments.
“The situation at the border is a very serious one, a very challenging one and a very difficult one,” he said.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are concerned about the influx of migrants.
Last week, Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) signed onto legislation that would give the US an authority similar to Title 42 for two more years.
“The immigration crisis is only getting worse and our broken immigration system is ill-equipped to handle it,” Manchin said in a statement.
“Our bipartisan legislation creates a two-year temporary solution to prevent a complete collapse at our southern border. Now, our political leaders must put partisanship aside to finally secure our border, establish a reliable visa program and ensure the American Dream is possible to everyone who follows the law and is willing to work hard,” he said.
House Republicans have introduced their own border security and immigration reform package — and called for the Biden administration to work with them on it.
“Title 42 ends in 6 days and we are already seeing images of complete chaos at the border,” the GOP members of the House Homeland Security Committee said on Twitter. “It’s obvious Secretary Mayorkas doesn’t have a plan to stop the surge. It’s time to work with House Republicans to return order to the border.”
With Post Wires