Hundreds of migrants were seen cheering happily as they packed a US-bound freight train amid a surge in illegal border crossings.
On Sunday, Fox News aired footage of a Ferromex train traveling through the central Mexican city of Zacatecas on its way north on a 750-mile journey to the United States.
People cheered, clapped and whistled with joy, some even hanging from the sides and waving at the camera.
The video soon went viral after Fox News’ Griff Jenkins tweeted it, saying the immigrants were “clearly not paying attention to the ‘don’t come’ message.”
He responded to Vice President Kamala Harris’ June statement to Guatemalan migrants: “Don’t come.” Please don’t come.
The United States will continue to enforce its laws and regulations.
What is causing the surge of immigrants at the US border?
Daily apprehensions of people illegally crossing the border averaged just over 4,300 in July, the most recent month for which official data is available.
The surge in migrants may mean that the Biden administration’s new policies, which initially kept numbers low, now have less impact.
The new restrictions make it more difficult for migrants to seek asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border and make it easier for them to legally enter the United States from their home countries, a new policy implemented by the Biden administration after the expiration of the COVID-19 border. policies in mid-May.
Before the policy adjustment, daily arrests of people crossing the border illegally had reached an all-time high of more than 10,000.
Republican politicians and pundits have pounced on President Joe Biden over the past year as record numbers of undocumented immigrants cross the border.
Earlier this summer, the Biden administration revoked Donald Trump’s immigration policy, which forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in US immigration courts.
In June, Vice President Kamala Harris advised Guatemalan migrants not to cross the border illegally, despite a record number of arrests.
“Don’t come,” he said. Please don’t come. “The United States will continue to enforce its laws and secure its borders.”
Everything you need to know about this viral video
**NEW VIDEO**FOX News sources capture a FerroMex train full of migrants leaving Zacatecas heading to our southern border right now… applauding and clearly not paying attention to the message: “don’t come”@FoxNews pic.twitter.com/YflMwXrWqu
— Griff Jenkins (@GriffJenkins) September 17, 2023
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The video was released during unprecedented illegal immigration to the United States.
According to data acquired by the Washington Post, U.S. Border Patrol authorities captured at least 91,000 migrants who crossed the border in family groups in August, breaking the previous one-month record of 84,486 migrant families arrested in May 2019. under the Trump administration.
According to officials, the number of unaccompanied youth entering the country has also increased significantly.
The influx has overwhelmed Border Patrol personnel, who will almost certainly begin releasing migrants onto the streets of El Paso, Texas, soon.
“Our number one priority is the safety of our community and asylum seekers,” Mayor Oscar Leeser said at a news conference Friday morning.
So far, he added, the local government has been able to postpone so-called “street releases,” which occur when the Border Patrol runs out of space to hold immigrants who have been inspected and processed.
El Paso shelters that typically house migrants are full, and one told The Post in August that they are “busier than ever.”
Around 700 hotel rooms were filled with migrants last Thursday
Leeser said the city has 400 specialized hotel rooms available for immigrants each night, paid for with federal tax money. Sometimes the need is greater, as it was Thursday night when 700 hotel rooms were filled with migrants.
They can keep migrants off the streets in those circumstances by securing additional hotel space, but rooms are not always available.
“The numbers continue to grow,” Leeser said. “This has become something we deal with every day to try to prevent it from happening.”
To deal with some of the influx, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott began busing migrants to so-called sanctuary cities, such as New York, in April.
The idea was to make the blue states bear some of the weight of the immigration crisis.
On Tuesday more than 35,000 immigrants headed to northern towns
Abbott announced Tuesday that the state had bussed more than 35,000 immigrants to northern locations, including more than 13,000 to New York City.
“Texas has bussed over 35,000 migrants to self-proclaimed sanctuary cities,” Abbott tweeted Tuesday, along with a breakdown of which cities had the most migrants.
“Over 11,300 to DC, over 13,300 to New York, over 6,700 to Chicago, over 2,600 to Philadelphia, over 1,000 to Denver, over 480 to Los Angeles,” the governor said.
The numbers released by Abbott on Tuesday show an increase of more than 12,000 since the state last updated the number of migrants bussed out of shape under Operation Lone Star, the governor’s statewide border security and burden-sharing initiative. established in 2021.
Meanwhile, Arizona has become a major hotspot on the border, and the Border Patrol’s Tucson sector has the largest migrant interactions in the country.
Border sources reported that the state encountered 9,100 migrants in a single day last week, close to the record statistics of 10,000 per day seen across the border in May, when Title 42 expired.
How many people crossed the border illegally?
More than 7,400 migrants crossed the border illegally and then turned themselves in to border patrol, overwhelming existing resources.
The migrants have been released on the streets of Nogales and Casa Grande, according to Border Patrol officials, who shared photos showing migrants from around the world stopping in public places.
According to sources, the cartels are also orchestrating the massive influx of immigrants into Arizona.
At the border, who is trying to enter the United States?
The U.S. Border Patrol made more than 2.2 million arrests along the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2022, which ended in September, the largest ever recorded.
However, many were individual migrants who attempted to cross many times after being detained and quickly deported to Mexico under Title 42, a COVID-era edict.
Under former Republican President Donald Trump, an immigration hardliner, the policy was implemented in March 2020.
Biden, a Democrat, attempted to rescind the Title 42 order, which health officials believed was no longer necessary, but the rescission was overturned in court.
Before last year, Mexico had largely accepted the expulsion of its residents and migrants from Central American nations such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
After Mexico agreed to allow the expulsion of Venezuelan immigrants last October, the number of Venezuelans crossing the border fell precipitously.
On Thursday, Biden declared that Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans, who have been entering in greater numbers, will later be expelled under Title 42.
What happens after people cross?
Immigrants who cannot be deported under Title 42 are processed under Title 8 immigration law and may be imprisoned or released into the United States while their immigration cases are pending.
Asylum seekers can apply for work permits if they attend court hearings and other immigration checks.
Some must wear ankle bracelets or other forms of electronic monitoring. They face deportation if they miss their hearings or lose their cases.
Last year, the Republican governors of Texas and Arizona bused thousands of migrants from the border to northern cities such as New York and Washington, D.C., saying this relieves pressure on border areas and sends a political message to Biden. and the Democrats. El Paso also had its busing campaign, which has since ended.
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