A huge group of migrants arrive at the Texas border as the end of Title 42 looms

A huge group of hundreds of illegal immigrants hit only part of the southern border early Saturday, as agents deal with tens of thousands of illegal crossings each month – and as the end of the Title 42 authorities deporting migrants is just weeks away.

Fox News drone cameras showed the group of several hundred migrants crossing the border and confronting Border Patrol agents in Eagle Pass, Texas, on Saturday morning.

A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) source told Fox News that since early October, when fiscal year 2022 began, there have been over 72,000 illegal crossings in the Del Rio sector, where Eagle Pass is located. In the last 24 hours alone there have been over 1,400 illegal crossings.

The southern border has been affected by a massive increase in illegal border crossings since the beginning of 2021. There were more than 1.7 million encounters with migrants in fiscal 2021, and that number rose to over 2.3 million in the past fiscal year.

MAYORKAS CLAIMS THAT DHS HAS A PLAN FOR THE END OF TITLE 42, DESPITE FERTILIZING AHEAD OF A NEW WAVE OF MIGRANTS AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER

This week, Customs and Border Protection announced that there had been more than 230,000 encounters in October, up from more than 164,000 last October. The Biden administration said the border is “safe” and “closed,” emphasizing a response based on opening legal avenues of asylum, fighting smugglers and tackling “root causes” like poverty, violence and climate change.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told lawmakers this week that the crisis is not just limited to the US border.

“The entire hemisphere is suffering from a migration crisis. We are seeing an unprecedented movement of people from country to country. It is not limited to the southern border,” Mayorkas said at a Senate hearing.

Republicans, meanwhile, have blamed the Biden administration for its border policies, including ending Trump-era border security systems and curtailing domestic enforcement — which they say encouraged migrants to make the journey north. Some border states have taken matters into their own hands. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week declared an “invasion” at the border, a move he says gives Texas law enforcement the ability to bring back illegal immigrants.

FEDERAL COURT DELAYS END OF TITLE 42 BORDER POLICY UNTIL DECEMBER UNDER DAMAGE FROM MIGRANTS SURGE

November 19, 2022: A huge group of migrants in Eagle Pass, Texas.

November 19, 2022: A huge group of migrants in Eagle Pass, Texas.
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The new groups of migrants come days after a federal judge ruled that using Title 42 to deport migrants is unlawful and ordered the government to stop using the public health order – first introduced in March 2020 in response to the COVID -19 was introduced. 19 pandemic.

The Biden administration requested and was granted a five-week delay to implement its plan for a Title 42 border situation. The Trump-era order has been used to expel a majority of migrants at the border, and the Biden administration extended its use to Venezuelan nationals last month.

Border Patrol sources have told Fox News they fear the end of deportations will lead to a new wave of migrants trying to get to the US, believing they are now less likely to be deported.

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However, DHS has said its plan includes making greater use of other deportation agencies, such as expedited deportation, and has warned would-be migrants they will not be let in.

“People shouldn’t listen to the lies of smugglers who take advantage of vulnerable migrants and endanger lives. The border is closed and we will continue to fully enforce our immigration laws at the border,” DHS said in a statement.

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