Hundreds of migrants were captured on video illegally sneaking across the US border into Texas under the cover of darkness early Friday – as crossings continue to soar to record highs and the administration Biden is struggling to cope with the growing crisis.
The footage, taken by a Fox News drone, showed more than 500 migrants entering the southern border town of Eagle Pass over a two-hour period in the early hours of Friday morning.
Separated into three different groups, the migrants were filmed walking in single file across the border.
It was not immediately clear when, or if, the migrants were apprehended by US Border Patrol.
More than 413,000 migrants have already been arrested in the Rio Grande area, which covers the town of Eagle Pass, this fiscal year alone, the latest Customs and Border Patrol figures show.
More than 376,000 migrants were captured in the nearby Del Rio sector and 228,000 in El Paso during this exercise.
Nearly 8,000 migrants now cross the southern border every day, according to data obtained by NBC News.
So far this fiscal year, Border Patrol agents have reported more than 1.94 million border encounters, up from 1.73 million encounters in 2021 and just over 458,000 in 2020.
In El Paso alone, officers say they have encountered an average of 1,300 migrants each day since September 1.
At least 1,135 migrants have been bussed from El Paso to other cities in the United States since late last month, costing the city about $600,000, according to officials and KFOX-TV.
Apart from that, El Paso is spending $54,000 a day on food and shelter for migrants as thousands cross the border.
The shocking statistics come as city leaders said they were completely overwhelmed by an unexpected influx of people seeking shelter, which can grow from less than 400 a day to more than 1,000.
KFOX-TV cited figures showing the city spent $383,000 in a single week from September 1-8, more than the city spent more than nine full months in 2021 to house and feed migrants.
Currently, migrants – who enter the United States illegally and then seek asylum – are released after being processed by Border Patrol and ICE.
They are then placed in shelters, abandoned on local streets or dropped off at bus stations in border towns like El Paso or Del Rio where they can start traveling to other towns, immigration watchers explained to The Post.
To ensure migrants don’t just stay in border communities, governments and local organizations have stepped in to help them catch a bus or fly to sanctuary cities — like New York, Washington DC and, from this week, Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
But some migrants said they were deliberately misled and persuaded to head to these Democratic-run cities with the promise of shelter and work.
A Venezuelan migrant, who identified himself only as Luis, said he and his family were approached outside a San Antonio shelter by a woman named Perla, who offered them a flight to Massachusetts, shelter, support for 90 days, help with work permits and English. Classes.
He said they were shocked when their flight touched down at Martha’s Vineyard this week.
“We are scared,” Luis said, adding that he and others felt they had been lied to. “I hope they help us.”
On Friday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s office declined to answer questions from the Post about whether the migrants were being misled or lying. His office also did not confirm or deny whether the state was involved in the alleged deception.
Meanwhile, the number of migrant arrests has nearly doubled under the Biden administration and is already well over last year’s record, according to CBP data.
Among these encounters, almost a quarter of migrants came from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, compared to 8% in 2021 and 3% in 2020.
Most migrants from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela who cross the border illegally are allowed to stay in the United States to file asylum claims because they are harder to deport due to frosty diplomatic relations with their respective governments.
With post wires
New York Post