Twenty-five percent of illegal immigrants dropped off in the Texas town of Harlingen tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report by the Washington Times.
The Times cites Bill Reagan, director of the homeless shelter Loaves and Fishes, where Border Patrol is dropping off the migrants after catching them.
“We can’t quarantine them,” he told the Harlingen City Commission last week during a meeting. “Even though they test positive, they’re going to leave the next day. They’re going to get on the bus or the airplane, and they’re gone.”
According to Reagan, 25 percent of those in the first group of migrants tested positive for COVID.
In Brownsville, TX, officials say that more than 100 illegal immigrants (roughly six percent) released into their community since January tested positive for COVID-19.
The crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border has grown exponentially since Biden’s inauguration, and over the weekend, Texas governor Greg Abbott announced he was launching “Operation Lone Star” to combat the new administration’s disastrous immigration policies.
“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration,” said Governor Abbott over the weekend. “Texas supports legal immigration but will not be an accomplice to the open border policies that cause, rather than prevent, a humanitarian crisis in our state and endanger the lives of Texans. We will surge the resources and law enforcement personnel needed to confront this crisis.”
Abbott says he will use DPS, the Texas National Guard and deploy air, ground, marine and tactical border security assets to high threat areas on the border to keep drug cartels and smugglers at bay.
1,600 Illegal Immigrants, Including Known Criminals Arrested in Only 3 Days at Border
‘Come one, come all’ was the Democrats’ promise to illegal immigrants during their desperate pursuit to get Biden elected in November. Now, Americans and agencies at the border in particular, are experiencing the repercussions. In only 3 days, more than 1,600 illegal immigrants were arrested in a single Texas border sector.
According to Austin Skero, the head of Border Patrol for Texas’s Del Rio Sector wrote on Twitter, “Over 1,600 arrests in three days for Del Rio Sector agents! These arrests include more than 25 smuggling cases, two criminal aliens, and were comprised of mostly single adults.”
Skero later gave additional information on the situation in a news release Tuesday: “our agents arrested two more sex offenders over the weekend one of whom was convicted of third-degree rape in Kentucky.” Skero added, “that is why it is critically important that Border Patrol Agents are out there, on the border, identifying everyone who crosses our borders illegally.”
The criminal, 49-year-old Roman Gonzalez-Flores of Mexico, was arrested after he illegally entered the United States from Mexico. The Epoch Times reports “officials later determined that he was convicted of the crime in 2004, was sentenced to two years in prison, and was most recently deported in 2021, according to the agency.”
Frighteningly, the agency said 56 illegal immigrants with prior sexual assault convictions have been “encountered” by agents since only October 1 of 2020. Catching criminals is just one of many hurdles border agencies are facing. On Wednesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed that 13 people died when their SUV collided with a semi-truck. The Ford SUV had roughly 25 women and children of all ages crammed together illegally being smuggled across the border after driving through a hole cut in the border fence.
El Centro Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gregory Bovino stated in a news conference “human smugglers have proven time and again they have little regard for human life.” Bovino warned, “those who may be contemplating crossing the border illegally should pause to think of the dangers that all too often end in tragedy; tragedies our Border Patrol Agents and first responders are unfortunately very familiar with.”
Migrants Crossing U.S. Border Wearing “Biden Please Let Us In!” T-Shirts
Illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border were wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the phrase “Biden, Please Let Us In!”
According to Fox News, the migrants were photographed at the San Ysidro crossing port in Tijuana on Tuesday
Fox News reports:
One apparent migrant held up a poster that read, “Biden, please let us in!”
Prospective U.S. residents and progressive Democrats are hoping the new president will implement more lenient immigration policies than former President Trump, though some politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., have expressed concern with Biden’s use of migrant holding facilities at the border.
As the Daily Wire points out, two Democratic lawmakers have warned that the Biden Administration is creating a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
According to Axios, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) reportedly warned the Biden administration “against easing up too much on unauthorized immigrants, citing their impact on his constituents, local hospitals and their potential to spread the coronavirus.”
“Cuellar hopes the administration continues using a Trump-era public health order to quickly expel migrant adults and families, at least during the pandemic,” the Axios report continued.
Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) also issued urgent remarks at the U.S. border in a recent CNN interview:
“Well, my concern at this in the recent weeks in my district, migrants who made it across the border, who even pass the line of MPPs [Migrant Protection Protocols], who were 5,000 folks that have been waiting for two years across the border, made it across the Rio Grande Valley, were processed and released,” Gonzalez said. “If that is the message that we send to Central America and around the world, I can assure you, it won’t be long before we have tens of thousands of people showing up to our border.”
“And it’ll be catastrophic for our party, for our country, for my region, for my district, in the middle of a pandemic, in an area where we’ve lost over 3,000 people in my small congressional district,” he said.