Among the measures announced by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to stem the flow of migrants down the Rio Grande is the placement of barbed wire at “low-water crossings in high-traffic areas,” public Telemundo. The Republican announced this Wednesday, in addition, the sending of boats to block the passage of undocumented immigrants.
The measure began with the deployment of 10,000 elements between Public Security agents and the National Guard, who on Thursday and this Friday carried out a containment drill before the caravans crossed the Rio Grande. “Military Equipment and State Troopers at Shelby Field in Eagle Pass”, posted Crossing Borders.
These measures on migration have been taken by the Republican governor as part of his campaign for the November elections. The placement of barbed wire is not new, in November 2021, Abbott had containers placed in the vicinity of border bridges and fences were placed in what he called “strategic points”.
Among these migrant arrivals are Cubans. According to a report published last Tuesday by the newspaper miami herald, more than 46,000 nationals of the Island arrived by land in the US from October 2021 to the end of February 2022.
In this wave of Cubans, 32,000 were taken into custody along the border with Mexico, which represents the highest figures since the Mariel boatlift in 1980. Unpublished data from the Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and to which the US media had access, indicate that the arrests of Cubans would reach 155,000 in the current fiscal year.
In this wave of Cubans, 32,000 were taken into custody along the border with Mexico, which represents the highest numbers since the Mariel boatlift in 1980.
Abbott said that Biden has applied an “open door” policy at the border that has led to “unprecedented” numbers of border crossings. For this reason, he assured that starting in May, when Title 42 is lifted, his government will take “actions that no other state has ever taken in the history” of the United States, such as sending 900 buses of undocumented immigrants to the capital.
The federal government has explained that the lifting of Title 42 is a health measure taken independently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and that Title 8, the regular mechanism for deportations, will be reapplied in May.
The Texas Governor’s announcement is part of the reinforcement of Operation Lone Star, launched in March 2021, and for which Abbott has requested an additional $531,000,000, under the argument of the arrest of 11,000 “members of cartels and cop killers”. Part of that money requested by Abbott would be used to rent the 900 buses and cover the salaries of the agents.
Brigadier General Monie R. Ulis revealed last January to New York Times the existence of concerns from members of the National Guard that “there were several problems with the payments” and that the accommodation remained “modest”.
In the same publication, the Border Patrol anticipates the arrival of up to 18,000 daily migrants at the border as of May, with the lifting of Title 42. In January there was an average of 7,100 migrants per day crossing.
This Friday local media recorded the passage of irregular migrants through the Rio Grande, in addition to sharing information about one more deceased in the limits of the flow, with which they would add 35. ImpactVision News public the image requesting support for the identification of the woman.
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