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Border crisis ‘goes way past politics’: Border official discusses dangers migrants face on the journey to the U.S.

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National Border Patrol Council Vice President Chris Cabrera said that a reason why the trek migrants make to and across the southern border is because of the health risks and danger posed by the journey as well as a general lack of medical care available back in their home countries and on the way to the U.S.

Appearing on Monday’s episode of “The Sara Carter Show” podcast, Cabrera described to host Sara Carter that the border crisis is “a serious thing” he thinks “goes way past politics.”

“It’s a humanitarian issue when you have these young kids—seven years old—traveling alone, and sometimes even younger,” he said. “We’ve seen three- and four-year-olds, two-year-olds, or a 14-year-old traveling with a four-year-old. It’s very dangerous for these kids. And I feel that not everybody’s taking this as seriously as they should.”

Following that, Sara Carter said that “almost 100% of the time” the first person that people crossing the border are going to encounter, or even turn themselves into, is a Border Patrol agent—”whether they’re sick, whether they’re just turning themselves in, whether they’re going to be apprehended”. This, she said, is because many of these migrants are “trying to run away […] and a lot of times these children and people—this is the first time that they have actually even been with someone that can get them to a doctor or whatever. And on this long journey—some people taking eight weeks to get here—some people become very ill.”

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Carter then brought up Cabrera on the border helping a migrant man get medical help, which she had also witnessed.

According to Carter, there was a man who was with a large group of people, as well as with his two daughters. He told Cabrera and Carter—who both speak Spanish—that he had lost his wife to cancer, possibly in Honduras, and that he had traveled with his two young daughters. Describing the man as “so sick,” Carter noted that she and Cabrera didn’t know if he had COVID-19 or if he was asthmatic, noting that his oxygen levels “were very low.”

Recalling the encounter, Cabrera said, “I had my medic gear with me, not all of it, because usually we have fully stocked vehicles.”

“We see this guy and he’s complaining that he can’t breathe, and he’s got a look of distress on his face. So I talked to him to get as much out of him as I could. And then he really starts coughing—wet cough—and didn’t have his asthma inhaler. I took his levels and he was down in the 70s. So we called for a medic, another medic to show up who wasn’t from the area,” he continued.

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“It was just taking too long, so we just throw him in the back of my personal pickup truck—him and the family—and took off and got him to an aid station where he could get some oxygen, and ultimately he ended up going to the hospital,” Cabrera added.

Also while talking about this, Cabrera noted that there are “a good number of Border Patrol agents” who “are cross-trained as EMTs or paramedics.” Having EMTs out there, he said, is “a necessity” because “we work in areas that are inaccessible to ambulance emergency services”.

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Texas Counties Declare ‘Invasion’ as Border Crisis Escalates

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Several Texas counties have declared a border “invasion” and are hoping governor Greg Abbott will follow in their path and issue a similar declaration for the state.

“We’re being invaded. The facts are there,” said Kinney County Judge Tully Shahan at a press conference in Brackettville, Texas. “This is real. We want America to know this is real. America doesn’t know what’s happening here.”

The New York Post reports that the counties were contacted by Ken Cuccinelli, a former Trump Department of Homeland Security official, “who has talked them into believing they can use the ‘self-help provision of the Constitution to declare an invasion.”

“This gives the governor, decided similarly, the authority to repeal that invasion,” Cuccinelli said at the press conference Tuesday. County officials from Kinney, Goliad, Terrell and Uvalde Counties criticized the Biden Administration’s “open border policy.”

The Post writes “Cuccinelli claims now that the Kinney County Attorney, a legal authority has declared an invasion, Gov. Greg Abbott can “repeal” immigrants. He envisions a Title 42-style program, where immigrants– even those seeking asylum– are automatically deported if they cross into the Texas border.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has resisted calls by the same group, the Center for Renewing America, to declare an “invasion,” in the past, according to the Texas Tribune. The group has been known to reach out to states across the country “looking for any local government that would be4 willing to go along with it, the spokeswoman for the organization told The Post.”

While officials know declaring an invasion does not grant any legal authority, they hope it will at least bring attention to the border crisis. The Post reports of the press conference Tuesday:

The officials each shared stories of how their communities are being inundated by immigrants as humans and drugs are smuggled through their small towns on a daily basis.

The number of reported migrant encounters along the US-Mexico border once again made history in May — hitting a staggering 239,416 encounters, according to the latest available monthly Customs and Border Patrol statistics.

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