According to a new report released on Monday, Texas state troopers who are patrolling an area that was previously unaffected by the current border crisis now say they are overwhelmed by the surge of migrants sneaking across into the United States.
Law enforcement officials spoke with folks over at the Washington Examiner and told them that west Texas has now been overrun by large groups of individuals who have crossed the border and are pulling out all the stops to evade capture.
The Texas Department of Public Safety, also known as as the DPS, have now shifted more than 1,000 officers from normal duties to patrolling the border since the month of March. Both vehicles and helicopters have been moved into the area to provide assistance to Border Patrol in what used to be the quietest part along the state’s 1,250-mile border with Mexico, according to the report from the Examiner.
Most migrants at other border areas, such as in the Rio Grande Valley where families and unaccompanied children attempted to enter, apparently want to be apprehended before being released into the country.
The Examiner said migrants wear camouflage and even attach pieces of carpet to the bottom of their shoes to avoid leaving behind tracks.
Migrants arriving in west Texas often are led across the border by smugglers working for Mexican cartels, and are told where to walk. They’re given supplies to last them up to a week outside, the Examiner reported.
DPS has apprehended 77,500 migrants who came across the border statewide and transferred them to Border Patrol custody, the Examiner said.
The agency also has arrested 9,100 people on criminal charges since March, which includes human smugglers who pick up the migrants once they make it to a highway, as well as migrants with criminal convictions, the Examiner said.
“I’ve personally never seen any numbers like we’ve been seeing. It’s definitely an increase of activity,” DPS officer Lt. Elizabeth Carter, who has been worked in west Texas for 12 years, went on to say during her conversation with the Examiner.
“Usually we try to track them before they get into the vehicle because we want to prevent a pursuit from happening. Again, it’s a danger to the community,” she said.
“Many Border Patrol agents have been pulled from the area and transferred to areas hit hardest by the crisis — e.g. Yuma, Arizona, and Del Rio, Texas — as migrants surged the border after President Joe Biden took office,” the report continued.
The loss of National Guard troops from other states has also had a negative impact on border enforcement. Many states were forced to withdrawal these troops due to budget constraints.
Just last week, a group of sheriffs across 17 states made a call for the firing of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for failing in his duty to secure the southern border.
“The Western States Sheriffs Association (WSSA) denounced the Biden administration’s ‘complete and total breakdown’ of immigration law enforcement on the border under Mayorkas in a position paper obtained by The Epoch Times,” the Newsmax report said.
“After witnessing this disaster over the past several months and listening to the continued rhetoric and intellectual dishonesty from Secretary Mayorkas, The Western States Sheriffs Association, and its membership must emphatically take our position of having NO confidence in the ability of the Secretary Mayorkas, and his leadership within the Department of Homeland Security, to affect any positive outcome on this matter,” the WSSA wrote in the position paper.
And yet President Biden hasn’t lifted a finger to help solve this problem, nor has Vice President Kamala Harris. It’s almost like these two want this crisis to continue or something…