A surge of border crossings continues to create problems for the Biden administration as dramatic footage captured by Fox News shows refugees, including young children, crossing the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas, on Monday, May 10.
“You see the steady stream of people coming across the border with Mexico entering our nation without going through a legal checkpoint, without any of those things. You don’t see them being COVID tested right there, right?” narrator Harris Faulkner said.
According to Fox News, migrants hoisted young children above the current that was sometimes knee-deep for adults. Smugglers sent groups across the Rio Grande in the mornings when the river was low. They arrived clutching babies and backpacks, slowly walking across the river, stepping from one tiny island to the next.
NEW: A group of migrants just crossed the Rio Grande and came into the United States in front of us for the 5th day in a row. This group told me they are from Venezuela. They have very young children with them. They crossed when Mexican Marines weren’t in the area. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/FlW2uKf8bD
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 12, 2021
The group of roughly 50 migrants told Fox News that they were from Venezuela. About half of them said they have families in the United States.
This year, the United States has seen an influx of illegal border crossings from Mexico and Central America, with apprehensions at the U.S.–Mexico border expected to reach a 20-year peak. Some areas, such as the 60-mile stretch between Del Rio and Eagle Pass, have dramatically increased traffic.
Agents in the Border Patrol’s Del Rio sector had 68,570 “encounters” with migrants from October to March, more than four times the number seen a year ago.
The record influx of refugees comes after President Biden reversed several former President Trump’s immigration policies, including building a border wall and allowing asylum seekers to live in Mexico rather than the United States until their claims are processed.
Biden has asked for patience and time, blaming his predecessor for undermining the immigration system in his desire to keep foreigners out. Biden’s top advisors have admitted that there is no fast or straightforward cure for an issue that has become a chronic crisis since the unwinding of Trump’s policies.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has recently blamed the “nature” of the media for being a “big driver” behind the push to say there is a “border crisis.”
“But really a big driver was we understand and know the nature of some components of social media and media these days and we just didn’t want to feed into that on this issue or really any issue,” she said in a podcast interview.