Hundreds of migrants brave the cold to enter a Texas border town

EAGLE PASS, Texas — Nearly 500 migrants in three separate groups are entering the United States to surrender to authorities. On a cold, rainy Saturday morning, the groups forded the Rio Grande and traveled more than a mile into the United States to surrender to Border Patrol agents and a deputy from the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office.

Breitbart Texas observed the migrants crossing the river several miles north of Eagle Pass just after a period of rain in 40-degree temperatures. Most of the migrants were single adult men and women. Mixed in with the groups of mostly Cuban nationals were several family units with young children. A group of nearly 100 people marched along a busy highway leading from Eagle Pass to Del Rio, Texas.

A group of migrants near Eagle Pass walk along a busy highway in search of law enforcement. (Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

Breitbart spoke with several of the migrants claiming to be Cuban nationals. The group described the long journey to get to the United States. The Cuban family says that although the trip has been difficult, they are finally happy to be in the United States. The groups significantly slowed traffic on the busy highway as they searched for law enforcement.

In September, a migrant was killed and several others, including a toddler, were seriously injured in the same area when a motorist left the roadway hitting the group. On Saturday, the limited number of Border Patrol and local law enforcement officers available to respond meant the parade of migrants marching along the highway was not escorted by authorities.

A Texas Sheriff's Deputy detains a large group of migrants while awaiting Border Patrol near Eagle Pass. (Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

A Texas Sheriff’s Deputy detains a large group of migrants while awaiting Border Patrol near Eagle Pass. (Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

Groups of migrants crossing the Rio Grande by the hundreds have become an almost daily occurrence in this region. Earlier this month, nearly 800 migrants crossed Eagle Pass within hours. As temperatures dip into the 30s due to a recent cold front, migrants began crossing closer to mid-morning rather than just before sunrise.

On Tuesday, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified before the House of Representatives regarding the threats facing the United States. Along with leaders of the National Counterterrorism Center and the FBI, Mayorkas was asked directly about security along the southern border.

Republican Rep. Dan Bishop asked Mayorkas if he still believed the border was secure. In response, Mayorkas told the congressman “Yes, and we are working day by day to improve his security, congressman.”

The statement comes after the department of Mayorkas saw record levels of arrests of migrants across the southwestern border. In fiscal year 2021, more than 1.6 million migrants were apprehended at the border. The annual total topped any other in history for migrant apprehensions.

This record was broken in 2022 when more than 2.2 million migrants were stopped crossing the United States in the 9 Southwest Border Sectors. Most of the migrants who surrendered to authorities on Saturday are expected to be released according to a CBP source.

The migrants, mostly Cuban nationals, are not subject to deportation from the country under the CDC’s COVID-19 Emergency Title 42 authority, which is set to expire Dec. 21.

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.


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