MIDLAND, TX — Congressman August Pfluger blasted President Joe Biden over the ever-increasing detriment of the unsecured Texas-Mexico border to citizens living in his congressional district, particularly in Midland, where a house full of 33 Guatemalan illegal immigrants was discovered this week.
Because the Biden Administration’s new initiatives have removed former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, Pfluger said the estimates are that over 2 million illegal migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. will be released on their own recognizance awaiting future court dates.
Most of those illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border are seeking asylum from their own countries. Historically, most asylum claims are rejected. Regardless, by the time of the court date, usually 6 months or a year in future, the migrant will have folded into U.S. society never to be seen or heard from by the federal court again.
The Biden Administration border policy has created a human crisis.
Lax border security and promises of amnesty have swelled the number of people from many nationalities to cross the border here after the election of Joe Biden. But the migrants are coming from countries other than just Mexico, and many have faced a treacherous journey.
Combat reporter Michael Yon, reporting from the Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama, said he has seen migrants from all continents, including Asia, arriving on the Colombian side to make the 100-mile trek north through the jungle to Nicaragua on the northward push to the U.S. The Darien Gap is the first obstacle migrants who dream of becoming U.S. citizens cross. Yon published a video April 24 with the statements from Venezuelan eyewitnesses who saw robbery, murder, and rape of children traveling through the Darien Gap.
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The treachery has reached West Texas, too.
CBS7 in Odessa reported that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Midland said there is an ongoing investigation into the discovery of 33 Guatemalan illegal aliens at a residence in the Tall City. Homeland Security told CBS7 that special agents found the Guatemalan citizens after a federal search warrant was executed on the 500 block of Peck Avenue in Midland.
“I am absolutely infuriated by the news that 33 Guatemalan citizens were found in a home inside the Midland city limits. Make no mistake—this is no longer a crisis at the border, this is an infiltration of our communities and our country. Over two million illegal immigrants are expected to cross the U.S.-Mexico border and be released into the interior of the country unvetted by the end of this fiscal year. Communities like ours are already paying the price,” Pfluger said in a prepared statement.
According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, apprehensions on the southwest border, from Texas to California, skyrocketed to 101,028, during February 2021. Nearly 9,431 were unaccompanied migrant children. These numbers nearly doubled in March 2021. There were 172,331 total apprehensions and 18,890 of those were unaccompanied minor children in March.
In FY 2018, there were 521,090 illegal alien apprehensions on the southwest border the entire fiscal year, from October 1 through September 30. So far in FY 2021, CBP has surpassed that number with 569,979 apprehensions since October 1, 2020. Until April’s numbers are released, there are six more reporting months left in this fiscal year remaining. This reporting is only of those migrants processed by the CBP. How many others are arriving undetected is not known.
The last time border apprehensions exceeded 100,000 was during the crisis in March 2019 when there were 102,731 apprehensions. At that time, the Del Rio Sector Chief of the CBP said the federal agency had lost operational control of the border. Apprehensions did not abate below 100,000 until June 2019, once the Trump administration implemented the Remain in Mexico policy. Watch America’s Open Door:
“There is no question that President Biden’s reckless actions have incentivized the massive surge to our southern border, and his refusal to acknowledge and address the crisis is putting American families at risk. I am again imploring President Biden and Vice President Harris to acknowledge the severity of the crisis, to come to the border and affected communities like Midland, and take immediate action to secure the safety of American families,” Pfluger concluded.