Sunday, May 26, 2019

Cuban Illegal Border Crossings Up 1600% in One Texas Sector

Officials in the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector reported a 1,600% increase in the number of Cuban migrants apprehended after illegally crossing the border from Mexico.
In the 1st 7 months of Fiscal Year 2018, Del Rio Sector border patrol agents only apprehended 7 Cuban nationals who illegally crossed the Rio Grande to enter Texas. So far this fiscal year, that number jumped to 119 — a 1,600% increase, according to information provided by Del Rio Sector Border Patrol officials.
"Migrants seeking entry into the US need to present themselves at a Port of Entry to be lawfully admitted," Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Randy Davis said in a written statement. "This recent trend in the Del Rio Sector area of responsibility of Cuban Nationals crossing the border illegally between the POEs highlights the complexity of the immigration problem and the need for an immediate solution."
Agents in this sector have apprehended over 23,000 migrants from at least 30 countries, other than Mexico, during the 1st 7 months of this fiscal year which began on October 1, 2018. This represents an increase in total apprehensions of "Other than Mexican" of about 450%, officials reported.
Just down the river in the Laredo Sector, hundreds of African migrants are waiting to cross into the US, Breitbart News reported. A large group of African migrants gathered on the south side of the Laredo Port of Entry to protest US immigration policies that are keeping them from entering the US to claim asylum. The group claims that "not enough's being done" to help them get asylum into the US.
Laredo Sector officials told Breitbart News last week that so far, none of the African migrants have apparently attempted to illegally enter the US. The group of African migrants expressed frustration about having to wait in Mexico to legally make their way into the US where they can claim asylum. The group told Mexican authorities that Cuban migrants are getting preferential treatment.
Associated Press reports that 13,000 migrants are camped out in 8 Mexican border communities, waiting for their opportunity to enter the US and make a claim for asylum. The largest numbers are in shelters in Tijuana (4,800) and Ciudad Juarez (4,500). The remainder are scattered by the hundreds in Mexicali, San Luis Rio Colorado, Nogales, Piedras Negras, Reynosa and Matamoros, the AP stated.
In response to the protests of the African migrants waiting in Nuevo Laredo, US Customs and Border Protection officials released a statement published by KGNS.
"The number of inadmissible individuals CBP is able to process varies based upon case complexity; available resources; medical needs; translation requirements; holding/detention space; overall port volume and ongoing enforcement actions."
CBP goes on to say, "Port of entry facilities weren't designed to hold hundreds of people at a time who may be seeking asylum and we're also charged with keeping the flow of legitimate trade and travel."

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