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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Mexican railway forced to suspend trains after numerous deaths from migrants jumping on board
A railway was forced to temporarily suspend train runs in northern Mexico due to the dangers and injuries occurring from numerous migrants attempting to climb aboard its freight cars.
The Mexican railway Ferromex said it had to halt 60 trains carrying cargo that would fill a whopping 1,800 tractor trailers due to the at least “half-dozen regrettable cases of injuries or deaths” of migrants jumping on the freight cars, the company said in a statement. Many migrants even hopped on moving freight cars “despite the grave danger that represents.”
International trade will be affected by the halt, and the impact of the train stoppage will be “very important,” said Ana Bertha Gutiérrez, the international trade coordinator for the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness.
The Associated Press reports:
The company said there were about 1,500 people gathered at a rail yard in the city of Torreon, in the northern border state of Coahuila. The company also reported about 800 migrants waiting at the freight yards in Irapuato, in the north-central state of Guanajuato.
About 1,000 people were reported to be riding freight cars on the train line that connects the city of Chihuahua and the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez.
Gutiérrez noted the impact could be felt in industrial states like Nuevo Leon, Baja California and Chihuahua, given their links to the U.S. market.
Migrants have long used the trains, known collectively as “The Beast,” to hitch rides from as far south as Oaxaca state to the U.S. border. About a decade ago, the Mexican government briefly staged raids on the trains to discourage the practice, but later largely abandoned the effort, the Associated Press added.
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