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‘Thousands’ Cross Border ‘Without Any Consequences’ – ‘Just Enforce the Laws’

On CNN’s “OutFront” Thursday, Eagle Pass, Texas, Mayor Rolando Salinas said “thousands of people were coming in without any consequences.” So the news spreads. It’s something of a “go ahead, go ahead” approach, and said President Joe Biden bears some responsibility for the crisis in the city. Salinas also pleaded: “just apply the laws in force.”

Salinas said, “First of all, this is definitely a very serious situation for the city of Eagle Pass. We are a city of about 28-30,000 people. And in recent days, more than 5,000 people have crossed the border from Piedras Negras, Mexico, to Eagle Pass, Texas. This has become a big concern for the community. Many people are frustrated. Many of these people are left loose in the community and wandering around. And that’s a big concern for the town of Eagle Pass, not only from a safety standpoint, but also our local economy is taking a hit because because of this crisis, we’ve had to close bridge number one, our international bridge, which so many millions of dollars pass through this bridge. We depend on tolls from the people who pay those tolls on the bridges. And it’s just an emergency situation. That’s why, as Mayor of the City of Eagle Pass, I have decided to declare a state of emergency for our city, because we have never seen this before. It is not normal. And we shouldn’t have to experience a situation like this in the United States or here in Eagle Pass, Texas.

He added: “Thousands of people are arriving without any consequences. So the news spreads. It’s kind of an all-out approach and you have all these people coming. There are no consequences. And I just want to say that I think that’s unacceptable. It’s a shame we don’t have immigration reform and a solution to avoid situations like this. I don’t know why things got to this point.

Host Erin Burnett then asked, “When you say there are no consequences and it causes more problems, does the president bear some of the blame for the crisis in your city?”

Salinas responded: “I’ll be honest with you, I believe 100% that he bears some responsibility for this crisis. »

He added: “Please just enforce the existing laws. We are a nation of laws. That’s all I ask, is that it doesn’t happen like that. We should be able to enforce the laws. If you want to come here, well, come legally. Many people have done this in the past. It takes a lot of money and years to get it right. And it’s not fair to these people that now thousands of people are arriving without any consequences. It’s not fair.”

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