Joe Biden is warning Americans to prepare for a "chaotic" period at the southern border, as the US braces for an historic surge of migrants with the end of Title 42 expulsions. As reported last week, intelligence shared by the US Border Patrol has, as of one month ago, as many as 700,000 migrants from around the world currently in Mexico waiting to enter the U.S..
As of the time of this report's preparation Friday evening, long lines were forming at formal ports of entry along portions of the border, while other sectors were slower due, in part, to a super-soaker weather system moving from Mexico into Texas.
According to Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz, “upwards of 60,000 migrants” are “staging in and around the immediate border area.” On Friday morning, Oritz announced that Border Patrol averaged nearly 10,000 arrests a day, or about 70,00 for the week. This is up from approximately is up from 55,000 the week before, which itself was up from the 30,000 to 35,000 that the Border Patrol was averaging each week earlier in the year.
On Wednesday, Chief Oritz revealed that over 530,000 migrants have illegally entered into US since October of last year. Referred to a "Gotaways," these are illegals who are spotted by border patrol but unable to be apprehended, triggered motion sensors and cameras in remote areas, or who were otherwise known to have clandestinely entered the country.
Pharr–Reynosa Bridge Shooting
Also on Wednesday of this week, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of reports of heavy gunfire at the Pharr–Reynosa Int'l Bridge connecting McAllen, TX & Reynosa, MX. According to Hidalgo Texas Police Chief Romero Rodriguez, this was a shootout between cartel members and Mexican armed forces that left four people dead on the Mexican side. As is normally the case, neither U.S. nor Mexican authorities have released any additional information about the incident.
Federal Judge Slams Biden
A federal judge ripped into the Biden Administration late Thursday, ruling that the Dept. of Homeland Security cannot use its “parole” powers to release illegal immigrants into the country without issuing what's referred to as a 'notice to appear'. This temporary injunction, the result of a lawsuit by the State of Florida, appears to hamper a primary means through which the administration was planning to deal with the massive wave of people arriving at the border.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge T. Kent Wetherell in the Northern District of Florida wrote the following (PDF):
“Putting aside the fact that even President Biden recently acknowledged that the border has been in chaos for ‘a number of years,’ Defendants’ doomsday rhetoric rings hollow because … this problem is largely one of Defendants’ own making through the adoption and implementation of policies that have encouraged the so-called ‘irregular migration’ that has become fairly regular over the past 2 years.”
Judge Wetherell added:
“Moreover, the Court fails to see a material difference between what CBP will be doing under the challenged policy and what it claims that it would have to do if the policy was enjoined, because in both instances, aliens are being released into the country on an expedited basis without being placed in removal proceedings and with little to no vetting and no monitoring.”
The injunction lasts for two weeks during which the court will hear arguments from the administration. A preliminary injunction hearing is scheduled for May 19th.
The US Border Patrol Union issued the following statement:
"This is by far the worst sustained disaster that any BP agent, active or retired, has ever seen at our border. And one man is responsible for every single bit of it, with the worst still to come."
In support of the Border Patrol Union statement, reports from field indicate the illegals are arriving with host of infestations and diseases, including lice, bed bugs, scabies, drug-resistant Tuberculosis, chicken pox, measles, and a whole lot more. There are also significant concerns within the public health community of the import of insect-borne diseases from Latin America and beyond, including, chagas, dengue fever, and Zika. Keep in mind, this migrant wave is comprised of individuals entering the country from more than 120 nations.
A Warning to Parents
AlertsUSA cautions readers that if large groups of migrants are settled in your community, parents of school-aged children should be mindful of how arriving children are merged into your areas schools. To highlight why this is necessary, the flood of illegal immigrant families into New York City is already forcing schools to accept children who lack required vaccinations. This practice is believed to have led to at least one outbreak in the city.
If you have kids in pre-K through 12th grade schools, it would be prudent to question the board and administration on their plans.
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