According to a CBP source, nearly 1,000 migrants, mostly Venezuelans living in a makeshift encampment in Juarez, crossed the border into El Paso on Wednesday evening. Migrants were camping and waiting for CDC Title 42 COVID-19 deportations to end. The source says more than 900 people are currently being held in Border Patrol processing facilities.
The source, not authorized to speak to the media, told Breitbart Texas that the chaos began when the migrants were notified of a US District Court ruling that ended the practice of deporting some migrants under the authority of the CDC. Although the ruling ordered the Biden administration to drop the practice, the same judge later varied his Tuesday order Wednesday, granting the government’s request for a stay until Dec. 21, 2022.
The source says the fate of more than 900 migrants is not known because the current agreement with Mexico to receive Venezuelan migrants under Title 42 is capped at 200 per day locally. As reported exclusively by Breitbart Texas, the agreement allows for the return of up to 1,000 Venezuelan migrants to five specific locations across the southern border, including El Paso. The source believes that many of the band members will achieve their goal of being released.
Stopping the use of Title 42 can have devastating consequences on the southern border, as other policies and legal mechanisms to quickly remove migrants from the country are no longer available.
The area has been hit hard by migrant crossings in recent months, which helped the El Paso sector take the top spot for border crossings in October. The sector led the Rio Grande Valley and Del Rio sectors with around 53,000 migrant arrests during the month, compared to 14,000 in October 2021.
The city of El Paso is awaiting reimbursement of $6 million from FEMA for expenses incurred to provide shelter, food and transportation to migrants.
The source believes local non-governmental shelters and a county government migrant center will be left to care for many of the migrants arrested Wednesday night if Mexico does not accept their return.
Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Division Chief of Law Enforcement Operations, directing the operations of nine Border Patrol Stations in the Del Rio, Texas area. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.