(ConcernedPatriot.com) – To physically prevent migrants from scaling the Rio Grande, Texas National Guardsmen and Department of Public Safety troopers installed barbed wire along its northern bank.
As part of Operation Lone Star, Governor Greg Abbott sent the Texas Border Force earlier this week to prevent or discourage illegal crossings.
Thanks to the Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety. They are the only officials in America holding the line against an onrush of illegal immigrants. pic.twitter.com/OpLGEp3tXK
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 11, 2023
According to reports, many migrants have been attempting to enter the Rio Grande. Various migrants tried to cross the river by wading through the water. However, once Texas authorities blocked dirt pathways leading north from the river, some were forced to turn around.
NEW: Video from our FOX drone shows another group of migrants attempting to cross into Brownsville illegally, but they are physically blocked/repelled by Texas National Guard soldiers & @TxDPS troopers stationed behind rows of razor wire. Will Biden DOJ sue over this new action? pic.twitter.com/izIHpRhHlr
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 11, 2023
Some migrants attempted to climb out of the water, turned around, proceeded several yards downstream, and then surrendered to Border Patrol authorities.
Some migrants attempted to pass through a second spot 200 yards downstream from the first but were once more unable to climb up.
Agents from Mexico’s National Migration Institute yelled at the migrants. They used a bullhorn to command them to stop on the Mexican side of the river. The migrants were threatened with deportation by immigration officers. Their efforts came up empty.
WHAT IS TITLE 42, AND WHAT DID IT DO?
The U.S. is putting new restrictions into place at its southern border to try to stop migrants from crossing illegally and encourage them instead to apply for asylum online through a new process.
The changes come with the end of coronavirus restrictions on asylum that have allowed the U.S. to quickly turn back migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border for the last three years.
Those restrictions are known as Title 42 because the authority comes from Title 42 of a 1944 public health law that allows curbs on migration to protect public health.
Disinformation is swirling, and confusion is setting in during the transition. Here is a look at the new rules (and the old ones):
Title 42 is the name of an emergency health authority. It’s a holdover from the Trump administration, beginning in March 2020. The rule allowed U.S. officials to turn away migrants who came to the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Before that, migrants could cross illegally, ask for asylum, and be allowed into the U.S. They were screened and often released to await their immigration cases.
Under Title 42, migrants were returned to the border and denied the right to seek asylum. U.S. officials turned away migrants more than 2.8 million times. Families and children traveling alone were exempt.
But there were no real consequences when someone illegally crossed the border. So migrants could try again and again to cross, on the off chance that they would get into the U.S.
Starting at 11:59 p.m. EDT Thursday, the Title 42 restrictions will lift. The Biden administration has implemented new policies that crack down on illegal crossings.
The administration says it’s trying to stop people from paying smuggling operations to make a dangerous and often deadly journey.
U.S. officials plan to open 100 regional migration hubs across the Western Hemisphere, where people can seek placement in other countries, including Canada and Spain.
There will be hubs in Colombia and Guatemala, but it’s unclear where the others will be. It’s also not clear when they will be up and running.
One thing is certain, the U.S. border is a mess, and the Biden administration is one hundred percent to blame.
We are taking our country BACK!!!
Texas National Guard soldiers are physically blocking illegal migrants who are crossing the river!!
They have also deployed razor wire throughout major border crossings! pic.twitter.com/OER1lHGZyb
— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) May 10, 2023
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