Watch: State troopers from Nebraska, Florida help hold back 500+ illegal immigrant border rush in Texas

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DEL RIO, TX- Fox News’ Bill Melugin tweeted a series of videos showing a group of hundreds of illegal immigrants attempting to push their way through a border barrier in Del Rio on Monday, July 19th. 

According to reports, the videos show state troopers from Florida, Nebraska, and Texas coordinating with Border Patrol agents to help hold the large group back.

A law enforcement source with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stated that nearly 500 illegal immigrants, mostly Haitians and Venezuelans, entered the United States on that day. The source stated:

“It’s not one single group, nearly 500 have crossed early this morning in an unstoppable way.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott had his own comments for Monday’s incident:

“In less than seven months, President Biden’s dangerous and reckless open border policies have created a magnet for illegal immigrants, with 20-year-record-high numbers surging across our southern border.”

He added:

“This latest wave of hundreds of migrants rushing our border gates in Del Rio creates chaos for border officials and law enforcement, which is exactly what cartels and smugglers want.

Cartels, drug smugglers, and human traffickers are profiting off the chaos as they overwhelm and divert our nation’s resources so they can smuggle drugs, weapons, criminals, and other contraband across our border.”

The Governor continued:

“Our brave Texas law enforcement and law enforcement providing support from other states like Florida and Nebraska, are working diligently to uphold the rule of law and fill the gaps created by President Biden and Border Czar Harris.

As the Biden Administration continues to abandon their duties to this nation, Texas is stepping up with our state partners to secure our southern border and protect Texans and Americans alike.”

Both Florida and Nebraska troopers are at the Texas border in response to an emergency declaration and call for assistance made by Governor Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. Back in June, the governors called on their peers to send law enforcement resources to help secure the border.

The governors said that under the emergency declaration and governors’ compact, these law enforcement officers will have the full legal authority to arrest illegal immigrants for entering the United States. In their letter, the governors wrote, in part:

“When it comes to the Biden Administration’s open-border disaster, our greatest need is for additional law enforcement personnel and equipment.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis joined Governor Abbott in Del Rio for a briefing on the emergency situation along the border. DeSantis expressed surprise at how many of the Venezuelan illegal immigrants being apprehended were headed to his state of Florida DeSantis said:

“I think those numbers are eye-popping. The number of these people coming across illegally, who are telling folks that their destination is Florida, obviously I knew we were going to get some, but I didn’t think it’d be a majority.”

DeSantis told reporters that 70 percent of the illegal immigrants apprehended in the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector were headed to Florida. He also said that 95 percent of the methamphetamine coming into his state comes from the Texas border.

The Florida governor stated:

“Our Florida personnel have assisted with the apprehension of more than 2800, illegal aliens and they’ve assisted with more than 100 arrests for felonies, of those aliens including human trafficking, drug smuggling, and stolen vehicles and so they have had a big impact. I certainly wouldn’t have been able to ring up those numbers a year ago there’s just no way.”

Governor Abbott said in a statement:

“I do want to add that in addition to Florida, Texas is so proud to have support from other states including Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Arkansas, and Ohio. This is a national-based issue and Governor DeSantis made the points of why this is such a national issue. And what happens at the border may be happening here today, but it will be happening in these other states, tomorrow, or next week, or next month.”

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Report: 1100 Venezuelans cross into west Texas border town within 2 weeks, will most likely be released into U.S.

May 1st, 2021

DEL RIO, TX – As the crisis at the southern border grows, a law enforcement source disclosed to the media that more than 100 Venezuelan nationals have illegally entered the United States south of Del Rio on Wednesday morning.

The group of mostly family units captured by the Border Patrol add to the more than 1,100 that have been apprehended in the area since April 16.

The new arrivals have been transported to nearby Border Patrol stations for processing.

The flow of immigrants had continued in the area as the Biden administration struggles to control the flood of immigrants answering President Biden’s call for more lenient immigration policies than his predecessor, President Donald Trump, offered.

Texas saw another group of 106 Venezuelans enter the same area on Tuesday, as the flow seems to continue daily. The influx has forced the government to open a soft-sided facility within the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector to help handle the flood of immigrants.

Del Rio has had to deal with a larger than normal amount of immigrants arriving from regions outside the usual Central American countries. Ciudad Acuna, just across the border from Del Rio, offers a safer place to cross from Mexico for Haitians, Cubans, and Central Africans.

Mexican Drug Cartel violence has subsided in Ciudad Acuna compared to other parts of Mexico, and offers an attractive crossing location for these immigrants. 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated Venezuela as a country warranting immigrants special status temporarily. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas designated Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, until September 2022.

The protected status allows Venezuelan nationals inside the US to file for TPS, as long as they meet eligibility requirements.

The designation was ordered by the Biden administration because of extraordinary conditions inside Venezuela which makes returning immigrants unsafe.

Secretary Mayorkas announced the TPS in March saying:

“The living conditions in Venezuela reveal a country in turmoil, unable to protect its own citizens.

“It is in times of extraordinary and temporary circumstances like these that the United States steps forward to support eligible Venezuelan nationals already present here, while their home country seeks to right itself out of the current crises.”

The White House stressed that immigrants should not believe that the border is wide open for Venezuelans:

“Only individuals who can demonstrate continuous residence in the United States as of March 8, 2021 are eligible for TPS under Venezuela’s designation. 

“For their own health and safety, individuals should not believe smugglers or others claiming the border is now open. Due to the pandemic, travel and admission restrictions at the border remain in place.”

Despite the administration’s warning, Venezuelans and others have been crossing into the US illegally in hopes of receiving leniency.

 The new group of Venezuelans entering at Del Rio will likely be processed and released into the US to pursue asylum claims despite not qualifying for TPS. 

Border crossing into Del Rio by non-Mexicans is nothing new. It is not uncommon for third-country nationals from outside Mexico to be provided travel documents requiring them to depart Mexico within a set time frame. These documents provide for free travel through Mexico.

In January, Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents pulled the body of a pregnant Haitian migrant from the Rio Grande. The woman died crossing the border river in freezing temperatures.

Del Rio Station agents received information from Mexican authorities on January 8 about a possible drowning in the Rio Grande. Agents responded to the area and found the body of a female migrant. Officials report the woman, a 33-year-old Haitian migrant, was pregnant.

The woman’s husband, who also tried to swim across the river, drowned and was recovered by Mexican authorities.

This tragic example is all too common in the Del Rio region. Since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2021 on October 1, 2020, Del Rio Sector agents have recovered the bodies of 18 migrants who died while crossing or shortly after crossing the Rio Grande into Texas.

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Democrats push to end ICE partnerships with local police as illegal immigration crisis explodes in America

April 27, 2021

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Democratic legislators are seeking to end a federal program that allows local police to seamlessly transfer criminal illegal aliens over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency for arrest and deportation.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) have sent a letter to Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, asking him to terminate the agency’s 287(g) agreements with local law enforcement agencies.

The 287(g) agreements allow local law enforcement agencies to enter into agreements with ICE allowing local departments to identify illegal aliens and hand them over to ICE for processing and eventual deportation.

ICE describes the 287(g) program as “mutually beneficial”:

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 287(g) Program enhances the safety and security of communities by creating partnerships with state and local law enforcement agencies to identify and remove aliens who are amenable to removal from the United States.

The 287(g) Program continues to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback from its partners. The mutually beneficial agreements allow state and local officers to act as a force multiplier in the identification, arrest, and service of warrants and detainers of incarcerated foreign-born individuals with criminal charges or convictions.”

Some of the criminal illegal aliens arrested by local police and subsequently turned over to ICE agents included those charged with drug trafficking, child rape, domestic violence, carrying a firearm without a license, aggravated assault, and felony embezzlement.

Despite the success and popularity of the program with law enforcement agencies, the Democratic lawmakers wrote to Mayorkas telling him that he must terminate the agreements:

“We write to you to urge you to immediately terminate all existing 287(g) agreements. These agreements undermine public safety and result in the racial profiling and harassment of immigrant communities.

“In order for our immigration system to properly represent our American values, it is paramount that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implement critical changes in how it seeks to enforce federal immigration law.”

Democratic lawmakers threatened that if the Department of Homeland Security does not terminate the agreements unilaterally, they will introduce the PROTECT Immigration Act in Congress to repeal Section 287(g):

“Today, on April XX, 2021m (sic), we introduced the PROTECT Immigration Act, which would repeal Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act once and for all. While it will take congressional action to repeal this provision of federal law, we strongly encourage DHS to terminate all existing 287(g) agreements immediately.

“This would represent a critical step in disentangling federal immigration enforcement from state and local law enforcement and improve the enforcement of our nation’s federal immigration laws.”

In a statement to NBC News, Sen. Booker argued that immigration enforcement should not be the responsibility of local and state law enforcement:

“Immigration enforcement should not be delegated to state and local police departments that are not equipped to enforce immigration laws — it is the job of the federal government.

“These agreements undermine public safety and result in the racial profiling and harassment of members of the immigrant community.”

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and  Jeff Merkley (D-OR) are co-sponsors of the bicameral bill.

The House version of the legislation will be introduced by Rep. Michael Quigley (D-IL) and co-sponsored by Rep. Pramila Jayapal ( D-WA).

President Biden, who administration is struggling to control an immigration crisis at the southern border, has not addressed the Democrats’ call for termination of Section 287(g) agreements.

In February, a group of 60 House Democrats urged the President to end programs at the Department of Homeland Security that allowed for state and local police to assist in immigration enforcement.

The lawmakers also asked the Biden administration to end a program started by the George W. Bush administration that gave federal agents access to the fingerprints of individuals booked into jail by local and state authorities.

The program, known as Secure Communities, was ended by former President Barack Obama in 2014 but restarted by Trump via a 2017 executive order.

On the other side of the aisle, Republicans have been critical of the administration’s handling, or failure to handle, the immigration crisis.

A group of 12 Republican Senators led by Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) urged the Biden administration to reconsider its immigration agenda in light of the rapidly expanding border crisis. 

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