Punching a hole in American sovereignty
Fox News' Bill Melugin reported that a "huge migrant caravan of over 1,000 people crossed illegally into El Paso, TX last night, making it the largest single group we have ever seen. The city of El Paso reports Border Patrol now has over 5,000 in custody & has released hundreds to city streets."
El Paso Matters confirmed Melugin's report, indicating that over 1,500 illegal aliens crossed the Rio Grande from Juárez into El Paso Sunday night.
The illegal aliens, who allegedly came from Nicaragua, Peru, and Ecuador, were escorted by Chihuahua State Police from the city of Jiménez to facilities run by nongovernmental organizations in the Mexican border city of Juárez.
Melugin posted a video of the buses packed with illegal aliens that were escorted by Mexican state actors to the NGO facilities:
From Juárez, the migrants then flouted American laws and stole into the United States.
Illegal aliens lined up to be taken into custody by Border Patrol with the understanding that — rather than facing a penalty for violating American territorial sovereignty — they would likely be cut loose inside the U.S.
1,744 illegal aliens were released into El Paso between Saturday and Sunday, reported El Paso Matters.
The El Paso sector of the southern border reportedly had over 2,600 illegal crossings over a period of 24 hours from Friday to Saturday.
According to the City of El Paso's "Migrant Situational Awareness Dashboard," as of Dec. 12, 5,105 illegal aliens were in custody.
A problem rapidly getting worse
U.S. Customs and Border Protection noted that the El Paso sector saw a 280.6% increase in its encounters with illegal aliens stealing into the U.S. in October, and a 39.1% increase in single adults crossing.
Last month, 53,574 illegal aliens were apprehended entering the U.S. in the El Paso Sector. The Center Square indicated that figure does not include the the 24,124 illegal aliens who evaded Border Patrol in November.
Illegal border crossings unchecked by the Biden administration exceeded 2.76 million in fiscal year 2022.
In the fiscal year now under way, Border Patrol saw 230,678 criminal crossings in October alone.
This latest surge of illegal border crossings comes ahead of the end of Title 42. This Trump-era public health order, invoked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March 2020, was implemented to stop the spread of COVID-19, enabling American officials to quickly send around 40% of illegal aliens encountered on the southern border packing.
Twenty-one states sued to block the Biden administration from ending Title 42.
The complaint said, "This suit challenges an imminent, man-made, self-inflicted calamity: the abrupt elimination of the only safety valve preventing this Administration’s disastrous border policies from devolving into unmitigated chaos and catastrophe."
This effort to help bolster America's porous southern border was in vain. Title 42 will be lifted on December 21.
Brandon Judd, president of the national Border Patrol Union, told the New York Post, "Once Title 42 goes away, it just means we’re going to be releasing even more people into the United States which, of course, just encourages more people to come."
Migrants are massing in Mexico and preparing to participate in what is anticipated to be a migratory "avalanche."
In March, the Washington Post noted that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had enlisted Federal Emergency Management Administration officials to prepare for nearly 18,000 illegal migrants a day at the southern border upon Title 42's expungement.
TheBlaze previously reported that extra to depressing the wages of low-skilled Americans, committing crimes beyond their initial contravention of American immigration laws, and potentially undermining the integrity of elections, illegal aliens also are costing U.S. taxpayers a great deal of money.
The illegal aliens who entered the U.S. from between the beginning of President Joe Biden's term in office and Sept. 14 impose an additional burden of $20.4 billion yearly on taxpayers.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform indicated that that this annual figure is not included in the estimated $140 billion per year that taxpayers are already weighted with, which compensates for the provision of services and benefits to the "longer-term" illegal alien population.
In the event that crossing figures meet or exceed DHS expectations, this burden will be compounded by the millions more set to cross into the United States in fiscal year 2023.
When asked on Dec. 5 whether he planned to visit the border for the first time as president, Biden said he wouldn't, claiming that "there are more important things going on."