Riots across the River Grande and a surge in high-speed pursuits of smugglers who refuse to halt for Texas law enforcement are evidence that the migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border is far from resolved.
A Texas representative asserts that the situation will worsen until the Biden administration stops sending contradictory messages abroad and begins to work with Congress to deter illegal immigration by executing the law.
“I am responsible for 40% of the southern border. What I see in El Paso I also see elsewhere, and it is hazardous. It’s only a matter of time before innocent Americans are drawn into this,” said Texas Republican Representative Tony Gonzales.
Gonzales was in El Paso on Wednesday following a disturbance at the Paso del Norte port of entry on Sunday, as Customs and Border Protection police and Border Patrol agents repelled 1,200 migrants attempting to illegally enter the United States.
According to him, the commotion resulted in a nearly five-hour border closure, during which time one American stranded on the Mexican side suffered diabetic shock and a pregnant woman’s water broke.
Wednesday, the Biden administration revealed migrant apprehension data indicating that the number of foreign nationals apprehended at the Southwest border decreased in January and remained stable in February.
New policies are bringing order to the border
According to the administration, the data demonstrate that new border rules are restoring order. A new Bank Term Financing Program will provide funding in the form of one-year loans to other banks, savings associations, credit unions, and other eligible depository institutions, all of which will be required to pledge qualifying assets as collateral (BTFP).
This is more of a backup plan. The BTFP is intended to protect banks that may have lost depositor confidence following the failures of SVB and Signature Bank.
Moreover, as the migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border shows no signs of abating, people smugglers are exploiting any perceived vulnerabilities along the border.
One such region is Yuma, Arizona, where migrants flowing through border crevices are causing farmers special difficulties.