What border crisis? CBP agents arrest more than 200 illegal immigrants in one hour along Texas border

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EDINBURG, TX- Late in the night on Thursday, February 4th, McAllen Station Border Patrol agents apprehended a group of 166 migrants who surrendered to them after illegally crossing the border from Mexico.

Fox News reported that within the same hour, another group of 87 migrants turned themselves in to the agents. According to a press release from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the groups mainly consisted of unaccompanied minors and family units that came from human smugglers. 

CBP agents and local law enforcement officers also discovered a stash house containing 38 illegal aliens in Roma, Texas. Agents apprehended 18 more illegal aliens in two failed smuggling attempts.

According to reports, while screening the first large group of migrants, another group consisting of 87 migrants approached the agents and surrendered. Prior to this incident, Border Patrol agents in this particular area had only been finding groups of 50 or less migrants.

Rapid expulsions of the immigrants under the Title 42 Coronavirus Protection Protocol put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have deterred larger groups from attempting the dangerous border crossings. The press release said:

“Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation.”

Officials previously told Breitbart Texas that the program, along with other former-President Trump administration programs effectively ended “Catch and Release” and reduced illegal border crossings by up to 85 percent.

It appears that changes in policy led by the Biden administration that ended the Migrant Protection Protocols and the apparent change in Mexican policies regarding the Title 42 expulsions have seemingly exacerbated the situation in the Rio Grande Valley area.

These arrests come as thousands of immigrants reportedly approached the border as the Biden administration worked toward policies that would liberalize the nation’s immigration system.

Reportedly, Border Patrol agents recently began releasing migrant families into the communities of McAllen and Brownsville, Texas. Local officials said that the immigrants are being released into these border towns without being tested for COVID-19. 

In response, Texas Governor Greg Abbott authorized state health officials to send 10,000 COVID-19 test kits to the City of McAllen. Texas State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen) said in a statement:

“Border Patrol agents were just dropping them off at the bus station without testing them. Obviously, that’s very alarming to all of us that they’re coming from Central America and through Mexico and to be released into the United States without being tested for COVID is really unconscionable.”

CBP officials responded that Border Patrol agents have never been responsible for testing immigrants for COVID-19. A statement from CBP said:

“CBP uses a combination of onsite contract medical personnel and referrals to local health systems to provide medical support for persons in custody who require medical attention.”

It added:

“CBP personnel conduct initial inspections for symptoms or risk factors associated with COVID-19 and consult with onsite medical personnel, the U.C. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or local health systems as appropriate.”

It continued:

“Onsite medical personnel can provide basic assessment and supportive treatment, but suspected COVID-19 cases are referred to local health systems for appropriate testing, diagnosis, and treatment.”

On the morning of February 6th, agents patrolling near Linn, Texas attempted to stop a Ford F150. The driver refused to yield and while the agents attempted to radio a description of the vehicle to local police for assistance, the driver drove off the roadway and into a rancher’s fence.

Officials said that the driver and the smuggle migrants bailed out of the truck. A search of the area led to the apprehension of “ten subjects who were identified as being illegally present in the United States.” Agents did not find the driver.

Between February 3rd and February 5th, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents apprehended more than 300 migrants in these incidents alone. 

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Report: Illegal immigrants pouring into the United States under Biden’s ‘Catch and Release’ policy

February 6th, 2021

UNITED STATES – In a stark turnaround from the Trump Administration’s hardline immigration policies, the Biden Administration has re-instituted the “Catch and Release” policy that dominated the Obama White House.

The reversal comes as a surge in illegal southern border crossings is overwhelming ICE detention facilities.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is reimplementing an Obama-era policy of releasing newly apprehended migrants back into U.S. cities. CBP blames a rising number of apprehended migrants and pandemic concerns at detention facilities.

 The border rush is in part a response to President Biden’s promise of a path to citizenship and his recent executive orders limiting enforcement against illegal immigrants. On Tuesday, Biden signed another executive order ending Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy on prosecuting illegal border crossings.

Under President Biden’s immigration policy, CBP is only permitted to hold an illegal immigrant caught crossing the border for up to 72 hours before they must be released.

After signing the order, President Biden told reporters:

“The last president of the United States issued executive orders I felt were very counterproductive to our security, counterproductive to who we are as a country, particularly in the area of immigration.

“We’re going to work to undo the moral and national shame of the previous administration that literally — not figuratively — ripped children from the arms of their families, mothers, and fathers at the border, and with no plan, none whatsoever to reunify children.”

Just after taking the oath of office on January 20, President Biden promised amnesty to all migrants living inside the United States before January 1. 

The Coronavirus pandemic has also hampered the CBP’s ability to transport and house detained migrants just as a spike in border crossings is happening.

Some of the migrants now arriving at the border have expressed hope for a more welcoming arrival under the Biden administration as a reason for making the journey north.

CBP Public Affairs Officer Rod Kis said that balancing the pandemic, President Biden’s new policies, and the rush of illegal immigrants at the boarder is creating a situation where some illegal immigrants must be released into the United States. He said:

“CBP has seen a steady increase in border encounters since April 2020, which, aggravated by COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing guidelines, has caused some facilities to reach maximum safe holding capacity.

“Per longstanding practice, when long-term holding solutions aren’t possible, some migrants will be processed for removal, provided a Notice to Appear, and released into the U.S. to await a future immigration hearing.

“As the Administration reviews the current immigration process, balancing it against the ongoing pandemic, we will continue to use all current authorities to avoid keeping individuals in a congregate setting for any length of time.”

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Todd Bensman, a Texas-based expert on migration with the Center for Immigration Studies, said what is happening presently is open borders:

“Catch and release, and what you’re seeing right now with no deportation or detention, that is the definition of open borders. They’re doing catch and release, which is the most powerful incentive for mass migration that exists in the world…

“[Because it ensures migrants] can live and work indefinitely inside the United States without authorization. There’ll be no kicking out of anybody, ever, under this administration. They’ve made that clear. They won’t be doing any deportations.”

CBP is faced with a difficult situation, especially since Mexico’s government is refusing to accept migrants rejected by the U.S. Unable to detain or arrest large numbers of illegal immigrants, the CBP has begun issuing Notices to Appear and then releasing them back into U.S. border cities.

President Biden added to the pressure facing CBP by announcing that he would increase the number of refugees permitted to legally enter the country to 125,000 annually, a steep rise from the Trump Administration’s 18,000 limit.

The White House has also sent a request to Congress to pass legislation to create a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already living inside the United States.

According to a report in Breitbart, a Border Patrol agent told the Center for Immigration Studies:

“We are releasing hundreds from many different countries of origin because we simply don’t have enough room to hold them all. They are being released under what is called an O.R. which means ‘Own Recognizance’ – basically, a promise to arrive for their immigration hearing at some future date.

“We can’t hold them because they are crossing all day long in groups of 20 to 40, men, women, children.”

The Director of Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition in Del Rio said the Inauguration of President Biden fed the surge of illegal crossings at the border.

Shon Young said his organization began receiving mostly Haitian and Cuban migrants since the day after President Biden took office:

“For some reason, the day after the inauguration, we had a big influx of people coming. So, we fired up the coalition at full speed.”

Former Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf issued a warning that the rise in border crossings is creating a “very dangerous” situation.

He explained that CBP is facing between 3,000 and 3,500 illegal crossings per day. He also mentioned that eleven Iranian citizens were arrested Monday night near San Luis, Arizona after crossing the border illegally.

Iran is one of four countries currently designated as State Sponsors of Terrorism by the United States Department of State. The three other countries are Cuba, North Korea, and Syria.

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