Texas continues to endure an immense influx of illegal Venezuelan immigrants who cross the Rio Grande in the North to reach America.
“In just the last 7 days, our agents have encountered over 5,800 migrants from 29 different countries,” Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Chief Austin Skero said on June 4.
“During this same time, 63 smuggling attempts were caught on our highways.”
According to Customs and Border Protection, more than 119,000 illegal aliens from 70 countries have been apprehended in the sector this fiscal year which began Oct. 1, 2020.
In Del Rio Sector alone, 10,864 Venezuelans have crossed the border, with 4 months left to go into the new fiscal year, while only 135 Venezuelans attempted the crossing in fiscal 2020.
The aliens arrive in groups of families, most of them carry young children, elders, even a newborn.
They also carry big loads on their back, struggle through the current, and when they arrive on shore, they quickly get rid of the wet clothes, throw them on the ground and change into dry ones.
Shortly after their arrival, most of them inform their families via a phone call that they arrived in America safe and sound.
Border officers appear on site to take some photos, count the people and sometimes pass out water and granola bars to the immigrants.
Granola bar wrappers are tossed on the ground. Then, officials have to order the Venezuelans to pick them up and put them into the trash bin.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency on June 2 along the southern border, “providing more resources and strategies to combat the ongoing influx of unlawful immigrants.”
“The Governor has also directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to enforce all federal and state criminal laws, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking,” he wrote in his declaration.
“President Biden’s open-border policies have paved the way for dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers, and deadly drugs like fentanyl to pour into our communities,” Abbott said in the release.
“Meanwhile, landowners along the border are seeing their property damaged and vandalized on a daily basis while the Biden Administration does nothing to protect them. Texas continues to step up to confront the border crisis in the federal government’s absence, but more must be done,” he said.