US-Bound Migrants Overwhelm Mexican Border Town
Jennie Taer on March 15, 2023
U.S.-bound migrants are overwhelming a Mexican border town across from El Paso, Texas, according to Border Report.
Hundreds of migrants arriving to Juarez, Mexico, are sleeping in the streets and overwhelming local authorities, Border Report reported Tuesday. On Sunday, Juarez was the center of chaos as hundreds of migrants attempted to storm the Paso del Norte port of entry into the U.S.
The local police in Juarez took roughly 200 migrants that traveled to the area atop train cars to local shelters that turned dozens of them away because they lacked capacity, according to Border Report. Many of those turned away were found sleeping on the streets.
When migrants tried to storm the bridge over the weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implemented “port hardening measures” to “temporarily” prevent the group from entering the country, the agency said in a previous statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Officials in Juarez on Monday pledged to stem the increasing number of migrants begging on the streets and allegedly harassing female drivers, according to Border Report.
“We arrived before dawn. We got here and the police took us to a shelter, but there was no (room) at the shelter,” Venezuelan migrant Oscar Marquez said, according to Border Report.
CBP encountered more than 2.3 million migrants in fiscal year 2022, a record high for the agency. Between October and January, the agency encountered more than 870,000 migrants.
President Joe Biden visited El Paso in January, marking his first trip to the U.S.-Mexico border. At the time, El Paso had large groups of migrants that had crossed the border illegally sleeping on the streets.
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