Thousands of migrants were prevented from entering the United States through Mexico on Sept. 18.
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers deterred asylum seekers from crossing the Rio Grande and entering Del Rio, 247 miles southwest of Austin.
Some 150 black sport utility vehicles were deployed to a dirt road that runs along the riverbank. They stayed at the scene well into the following day.
The department believes this display of force immediately stopped illegal alien foot-traffic across that section of the U.S.-Mexico border.
“With our DPS troopers, there have not been any crossings from that specific area,” South Texas Region spokesman Lt. Chris Olivarez said according to the Washington Examiner.
Authorities estimate more than 15,000 people unlawfully crossed into the United States during the past week. Many asylum seekers were taken into custody, allowed to apply for refugee status, and eventually released back onto U.S. streets.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (D) confirmed adults will be deported, while most families will officially be allowed to enter the United States.
BL understands border protection is usually the federal government’s responsibility. However, many U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees have been assigned to transport illegal aliens to-and-from holding facilities. They also have to process and care for them once in custody.
CBP agent Jon Anfinsen welcomed DPS troopers as “great” help in maintaining border security, a task the federal agency is struggling to manage.
“DPS has thankfully come out here and helped us out dramatically,” he said according to the publication. “We literally could not control this or have even some semblance of control without DPS, National Guard, all the other local stakeholders that are out here.”
The high number of asylum seekers quickly escalated to a food and beverage crisis. The Biden administration was so short on supplies, it was forced to buy migrants fast food from nearby restaurants.
Many illegal aliens still crossed back into Mexico for even more food, drink, and supplies. They returned to the United States where they awaited transfer to a processing facility.
“Anywhere we can scramble to bring large quantities of food, we are doing it,” Anfinsen said. “That, I think, is probably going to be the number-one pressing concern.”