Police are lining up their vehicles near Eagle Pass, Texas, to help Border Patrol agents stop the illegal crossing of caravan migrants who arrived in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras last week.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott deployed an additional Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers to the region to assist in securing the border section that has no physical barriers to prevent illegal crossings.
“Texans ask: what’s going on at Eagle Pass?” Governor Abbott tweeted. The governor’s tweet includes a photo showing a large number of DPS vehicles lined up with Border Patrol vehicles along the Rio Grande River near the border community.
Texans ask: what’s going on at Eagle Pass? Below is a picture & statement showing that TX Dept. of Public Safety is on top of it. As part of our border security plan we keep DPS on the border with boats & planes. They work with local & federal authorities to enforce the law. pic.twitter.com/R4m0K11jLf
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 7, 2019
DC Examiner reporter Anna Giaritelli tweeted a video showing a long line of police vehicles providing a “show of force” to warn caravan migrants from crossing illegally.
EAGLE PASS, TEXAS — More than 60 law enforcement vehicles lined up on the border in what Border Patrol is calling a “show of force” to warn caravan migrants who are just over the Rio Grande River in Piedras Negras against illegally crossing pic.twitter.com/wXopZp8etu
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) February 10, 2019
In advance of migrant caravan, the U.S. military is repositioning troops from Arizona to the Texas City of Eagle Pass to reinforce ports of entry (POEs) there.
“Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan has authorized the repositioning of approximately 250 active duty military personnel,” Captain Bill Sparks told reporters Wednesday. “This … includes military police, medical personnel, and engineers who will support hardening of these POEs.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety has also sent state troopers (police) to Eagle Pass.
“We have sent additional military. We will build a Human Wall if necessary. If we had a real Wall, this would be a non-event!” President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics released Friday show that border guards have arrested 290 percent more family units so far in this fiscal year than during the same period in the previous year.
According to a news release from the Department of Homeland Security agency, the data indicates that migrant families are continuing to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in the wake of the migrant caravan that generated enormous media coverage in late 2018.
“Family units and unaccompanied children from Central America are crossing the border illegally in greater numbers and in larger groups than ever before, straining our law enforcement resources,” said Brian Hastings, U.S. Border Patrol Chief of Operations. “These trends are very concerning and demonstrate the reality of the ongoing humanitarian and border security crisis.”