In the last 24 hours, “several hundred” illegal immigrants have rushed the border in hopes to get across before the Biden administration reimplements President Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy.
NBC local news affiliate KXAN reports, “More than 1,500 migrants came across from Sonora, Mexico, on Monday and other groups were spotted near Morelos Dam across the border, the Yuma Sun reported.”
As a result, Arizona is preparing to deploy the National Guard to aid the overwhelmed local law enforcement. The Yuma Sun reported that the County Sheriff’s office has “been fielding 911 calls since Sunday from migrants requesting water and to be picked up; one Border Patrol official told the newspaper the agency is trying to pick up every migrant but ‘there just aren’t enough agents.”
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said he would deploy “tactical resources” and National Guard troops to areas where Border Patrol desperately needs help. “Resources include personnel, cars, trucks, all-terrain vehicles and a helicopter” reports KXAN.
Governor Doug Ducey tweeted earlier this week “Yuma is facing an escalating humanitarian and border crisis- and it’s a direct result of the Biden administration’s poor communication, lack of organization and complete disregard for border protection.”
“The surge coincides with the re-implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, also known as ‘Remain in Mexico,’ in some parts of the border. The Trump-era program processed asylum-seekers at ports of entry and sent them back to Mexico until they were called up for their court hearings in the U.S.” writes KXAN.
Biden initially ended the practice almost immediately upon taking office in February, “and opened the border in February to thousands who had been sent back.”
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Texas Counties Declare ‘Invasion’ as Border Crisis Escalates
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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