Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is closing down six entry points along the southern border over a new massive influx of asylum seekers, Fox News reported on Thursday, Sept. 16.
As updated by Fox News reporter Bill Melugin, the number of illegal migrants gathering under the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, swelled to more than double in just one night, from approximately 4,000 individuals Wednesday to 8,200 the next day.
Responding to the abrupt spike in the number of new asylum seekers, many of whom are Haitians, the governor of Texas declared he was shutting down six entry points at the Texas border, noting that the border agents had been “overwhelmed by the chaos.”
“I have directed the Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to surge personnel and vehicles to shut down six points of entry along the southern border to stop these caravans from overrunning the state,” the statement shared by Melugin reads.
“The border crisis is so dire that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is requesting our help as their agents are overwhelmed by the chaos,” the governor said. “Unlike President Biden, the State of Texas remains committed to securing our border and protecting Americans.”
According to CNN, Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Victor Escalon said around a week ago, the number of people under the Del Rio bridge was just 400, but then that figure climbed to 6,000 at kept increasing.
Escalon said all the entry points would be shut down.
“Before I came here today, my last instructions are, we’re going to shut down all the POEs in Del Rio,” he said.
Fox News revealed on Wednesday that encounters with illegal immigrants reached 200,000 for the second month in a row, in July and August.
The number of asylum seekers saw a slight decrease to 208,887 from July’s more than 212,000.
Nevertheless, the rise had been at 317% compared to August last year, when 50,014 apprehensions were recorded, and a 233% increase over August 2019, when 62,707 encounters were reported.
In an Operation Lone Star briefing, Lieutenant Christopher Olivarez said along with a load of new asylum seekers; there were also huge increases in drug and human smugglers.
“The numbers that we are seeing this year have been historic,” Olivarez said, according to Valley Central, “just the surge of migrants that have been coming across, the criminal activity, the increase in vehicle pursuits, we have never seen that before in prior years.”
Escalon added the smugglers they had been seeing smugglers of much younger ages.
“The adults were getting away with driving the narcotic but more so driving the human smuggling, the migrants,” Escalon said.
“And we’re seeing juveniles, we’re still seeing juveniles being more aggressive and wanting to fight with our personnel,” he added.
With the White House wanting to focus more on the “root causes” of immigration and paying little attention to the crisis at the border, Texas Governor had tried to complete the border wall being left unfinished by the Biden administration.
The Washington Examiner reported that by Sept. 1, a $1.8 billion emergency border security bill had been passed. And more than half of that amount will be invested in completing the border wall construction.