MEXICO – In a shocking video shared on social media, more than 2,000 migrants in a migrant caravan surged past a blockade by Mexican forces attempting to stop them from traveling to the interior of Mexico and eventually getting to the U.S.-Mexico border.
— Griff Jenkins (@GriffJenkins) October 23, 2021
The video shows Mexican National Guard members standing four men deep with riot shields attempting to repel the surge of migrants, but the massive crowd quickly overwhelmed them. The crowd can be heard shouting “Libertad! Libertad! (Freedom! Freedom!)”
After the crowd broke through the ranks of Mexican forces, no National Guard members chased the migrants, and no weapons were deployed.
The caravan set off from Tapachula, Mexico carrying American flags and signs with President Joe Biden’s name. The migrants plan to enter the U.S. and seek entry and settlement emboldened by the Biden administration’s calls for leniency in immigration enforcement.
The President’s calls for leniency have been complicated by a disorganized and overwhelmed immigration system, and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has struggled to control the wave of immigrants crossing into the United States this year.
Prior to the departure, caravan organizer Irineo Mujica criticized U.S. immigration policy in interviews shared on social media.
“They’re just in denial of their own fault. They haven’t been able to handle immigration,” he said. “If I tell you the truth, I believe at least with Donald Trump we knew what we had. With Biden, we don’t know. He doesn’t seem to have a clue what to do with immigration because he says one thing and does another.”
Another video posted to Twitter by Independent journalist Ali Bradley shows migrants walking with banners and using ropes to stay grouped together. She wrote:
“Thousands of migrants marching from Tapachula and are using a rope to stay together so “no one falls behind” as the caravan moves north.”
— Ali Bradley (@AliBradleyTV) October 23, 2021
Many migrants reportedly told Bradley that they are leaving Central America for the U.S. to pursue “the American Dream,” similar to an earlier group that departed Tapachula in early September.
The group, made up of mostly Haitians, entered the U.S. in Del Rio, Texas and created a makeshift camp under the International Bridge until government officials finally intervened. Many of those migrants were either authorized to remain inside the U.S. or flown back to Haiti.
Mujica said that migrants have a perception of ineptitude in the Biden administration regarding its immigration policy:
“If I tell you the truth . . . at least with Donald Trump we knew what we had. With Biden, we don’t know. He doesn’t seem to have a clue what to do with immigration because he says one thing and does another.
“Tell me something different that Joe Biden has done? He promised immigration reform. He hasn’t done it.”
Immigration activist, Irineo Mujica says the current administration is in denial when it comes to the crisis at the border, “At least with Donald Trump, we knew what we had— with Biden, we don’t know.”
Goes on to call President @JoeBiden “Trump 2.0” #BorderCrisis pic.twitter.com/hKiDwWGJHf
— Ali Bradley (@AliBradleyTV) October 23, 2021
In a separate interview, Mujica said many migrants do not want to travel to the U.S., and that Mexico could have a lasting effect on the migrants if they would support them inefforts to remain in Mexico:
“What Mexico should do like every country is to make sure they do their share…Money is not going to solve the problem. Money thrown into governments like Mexico…they (migrants) should be given papers here, the opportunity to work here, because a lot of them don’t want to go to the U.S. Because Mexico, it’s a good place to live and to work.”
The caravan is expected to stop in Mexico City before moving on to the Mexico-U.S. border.
The caravan’s departure from Tapachula, a city in the south of Mexico bordering Guatemala, was not a surprise. Media have been reporting that at least 3,400 migrants who have petitioned the court for permission to travel through Mexico were planning to depart October 23 at 6 a.m., with or without authorization.
— Griff Jenkins (@GriffJenkins) October 23, 2021
The Texas National Guard has been mobilizing in preparation for the arrival of the massive caravan, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said, “Texas is securing the border.”
Gov. Abbott tweeted a photo of National Guard members preparing to defend the border earlier this month. He wrote:
“Texas National Guard is gearing up at the border for increased caravans attempting to cross the border caused by Biden’s open border policy.
“They are working with the Texas Dept. of Public Safety to seal surge locations at the border & arrest trespassers.”
Texas National Guard is gearing up at the border for increased caravans attempting to cross the border caused by Biden’s open border policy.
They are working with the Texas Dept. of Public Safety to seal surge locations at the border & arrest trespassers.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 2, 2021
In October, the Texas National Guard is doubling the number at the border by stationing approximately 2,500 troops.
Tracy Norris, the adjutant general of the Texas Military Department and commander of the Texas National Guard, said the Governor wants to stop illegal drugs, illegal immigration, and human trafficking at the border.
He said he never saw the border in such chaos:
“(I have) never seen the border like this. … One of our soldiers described it as like a Six Flags that in some places they’ll be lined up to come across.”
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Border Patrol shuts down all sector checkpoints as border bridge crisis exceeds 10K Haitians
September 18, 2021
DEL RIO, TX – A U.S. Customs and Border Protection source said the agency is closing down normal operations at all Del Rio Sector Border patrol highway checkpoints to allow staff to assist with the care, transport, and processing of 10,000 mostly Haitian migrants currently detained under the Del Rio International Bridge.
— Woody (@Knewz_Currently) September 18, 2021
According to the source, the shutdown began at midnight on Friday and will remain closed until an orderly process can be established to handle the makeshift camp.
As the Biden administration struggled with the massive numbers of migrants crossing the border answering his calls for immigration leniency, over 10,000 Haitian migrants have assembled under and around the bridge.
Val Verde County Judge Lewis Owens, the county’s top elected official and whose jurisdiction includes Del Rio, said the vast majority of the estimated 12,000 migrants assembled at the bridge were Haitian.
Some Haitians have built cave-like shelters in the reeds along the river, while others have gathered under the bridge for shelter. Owens said trash is discarded in ten-foot-wide piles and at least two women have given birth at the camp.
More tens of thousands of migrants flooding into the USA! Biden’s FAA now blocking drones from capturing the invasion of our country.
Spread these images far and wide to all who were brainwashed into believing “walls are racist”.
This was always the Democrats’ evil plan. pic.twitter.com/UuAVKh5YYa
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) September 17, 2021
One of the women tested positive for COVID-19 after being transported to a local hospital.
Checkpoints are normally an important part of the defense of the United States at the border.
Citizenship inspections, K-9s trained to detect concealed humans and narcotics, non-intrusive backscatter X-ray inspections of vehicles to scan for concealed cargo are all utilized at the border checkpoints.
Another concern with shutting down checkpoints is the interruption in the use of radiation detection equipment to look for radioactive materials entering from the border, a terrorism safeguard that will not be fully operational during the shutdown.
According to an exclusive report by Breitbart News, three checkpoints will be closed to allow full staffing reallocation to the Haitian bridge crisis. Two more will be closed for vehicle inspections but will still be used to process and detain migrants.
@CBPSouthTexas shutting down all highway inspection checkpoints to divert personnel to assist border. Local officials from Del Rio held a news conf near the encampment & said the situation is a humanitarian crisis. Investigating an assault among migrants.https://t.co/jBr0CPqBWF
— BitchIsBack (@PainTrinaSolis) September 17, 2021
The CBP source said shutting down the checkpoints may mean smugglers will not need to use backroads or foot trails to bypass the main roads because the checkpoints will be shut down.
He claimed that three checkpoints would be closed to allow all staff to reallocate to the camp. Two others will cease inspections of vehicles, but will still be operating for migrant processing and detention.
The Del Rio Sector’s busiest checkpoint processes at least 25,000 vehicles each week.
The CBP set up portable toilets at the site and said more agents to help handle the growing crisis. Haitians have been crossing a low point in the Rio Grande to cross into the United States. Confusion over Biden’s immigration policies has fueled the rush to cross into the United States.
Ted Cruz releases video of the border crisis.
Over ten thousand illegal aliens camping out underneath the Del Rio International Bridge.
"When you have open borders this is what you get."
Trump was right about everything and the world is witnessing the truth.
— Rebel CQWGIRL 🇺🇸❣🇺🇸 (@LeAnnFSellers1) September 18, 2021
Many Haitians have been living in Mexico for many years, some since the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010. News of Biden’s lax policies and his attempt to suspend Trump era immigration safeguards like Title 42 has caused Haitian migrants to flood across the border in hopes of gaining amnesty.
Guerline Jozef, co-founder of the Haitian Bridge Alliance, an advocacy group that was created after the last Haitian migration crisis along the U.S. southern border, said:
“The majority of the people who are at Del Rio are people who have been in Mexico a very long time but in other cities, for example Tijuana.
“There are a lot of rumors that if you go to Del Rio, you might be able to get access, so people just flooded Del Rio.”
The Federal Aviation Administration has placed a two-week flight restriction over the bridge after area images of the crush of people living in squalid conditions at the makeshift camp landed on television and social media.
Migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. walk in the Rio Grande river near the International Bridge between Mexico and the U.S., as they wait to be processed, in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico. Migrants cross back and forth into Mexico to buy food and supplies. Photo by Go Nakamura pic.twitter.com/JaUCz3eNAt
— corinne_perkins (@corinne_perkins) September 18, 2021
The ruling means news agencies cannot fly drones to capture any images as the crisis worsens. Activists and local officials say the crisis is getting worse, but the administration is trying to block media access.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said President Biden was to blame for the preventable disaster unfolding:
“I am on the ground in Del Rio, Texas tonight. As of this moment, there are 10,503 illegal aliens under the Del Rio International Bridge. This man-made disaster was caused by Joe Biden.”
This is the international bridge in Del Rio, TX. These are part of a group 7,000 of border crossers.
If this is news to you because the main stream media isn't talking about this at all, you might want to write your representatives and give them a piece of your mind. pic.twitter.com/QMprZLjcvg
— Eccentricentrist (@mrfurious911) September 18, 2021
Randy McGrorty, who heads Catholic Legal Services in Miami, called on the international community to get involved in the crisis, pointing out that Venezuelans, Cubans, and some Central Americans are mixed in with the Haitians:
“Why isn’t the international community responding to what is really turning into a humanitarian crisis?
“I can’t figure it out. There is nothing good about having people living in fields.”
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