Illegals being released
With just hours remaining before the restrictions of Title 42 become null and void, border agents are being told to start releasing some of the illegals being held with simply a verbal promise that they will turn themselves in at a later date. More details...
Title 42 is the Trump-era public health policy that allows Border Patrol agents to turn illegal immigrants back to Mexico over public health concerns. But thousands of migrants – even more than usual – are expected to enter the country as the policy expires at midnight tonight. According to a recent Fox News report, the Border Patrol has been authorized to release migrants to the streets if non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can no longer hold them safely. Coincidentally, many facilities are already over capacity.
Rep. Clay Higgins (R-Louisiana) tells American Family News that the Biden administration's "failure to enforce immigration laws and secure our border has almost crippled America." To that end, he points out, "six million illegals in two years is an invasion." Higgins also notes that Customs and Border Protection agents have been working double shifts at the southern border – and he predicts their workload will worsen with the end of Title 42.
"This is a catastrophe of epic proportions," he laments. "[President Joe] Biden and [Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro] Mayorkas have failed our country, and America has had enough. Mayorkas must resign or face impeachment."
Hundreds of U.S. troops are arriving at the southern border today in an attempt to quell the tidal wave of immigrants attempting to enter the country after Title 42 expires. In El Paso, Texas, for example, thousands of migrants have already been seen camping out on sidewalks.
'Entitlement' attitude among the masses
AFN spoke to Victor Avila who gave a firsthand account of the situation in El Paso. Avila is a retired supervisory special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and currently seeks the Republican nomination to represent Texas' 23rd Congressional District.
While his visit to El Paso will culminate with this week's Border Security Expo, Avila has made a few preliminary stops in the western Texas city. He is documenting the migrant crisis along what he describes as "an out-of-control" border, and says he has witnessed "a sense of entitlement" thus far from migrants.
"The illegals are getting abrasive and borderline violent with their let-me-in attitude," he describes.
"Isn't it ironic that I'll be attending a border security event, and literally less than a mile away there are thousands of illegals huddled together in an over-packed convention center?" he notes. "Right outside the building we're going to be in is this chaos."
And with local facilities already over capacity, Avila warns the situation is only going to get worse. "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that there is no longer a place to keep the growing number of aliens coming into the country," he warns.
Avila argues that preventing entry into the U.S. due to health issues – the focus of Title 42 during the pandemic – should not be limited to the coronavirus, but should include chickenpox, tuberculosis, measles, and more.
"Border Patrol is finding a lot of health issues with these people, and they're being sent to the hospital," Avila states, adding American citizens "are paying for it." The former ICE agent has seen "people with serious issues, people on crutches with legs bandaged, people in wheelchairs, and people who appear to be sick."
"Expect thousands more to flood the border," Avila adds. "Some will attempt to enter legally and others illegally. Many of them might be processed with an actual A-file." The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is tasked with keeping an Alien File (or A-File) for all foreign-born immigrants who enter the United States.
"This is basically how the United States tracks an alien," he explains. "[And while] it should have been done all along, it hasn't been happening."
While he expects the number of A-files to increase with the lifting of Title 42, Avila warns the Biden administration isn't going to use the A-file for the purposes for which it is supposed to be used.
"[Instead] they're going to use this as an official type of identification," he suspects. "[A type of ID] that can be used to their advantage as a means to possibly issue benefits, work permits and more wherever they end up in the country." And that, Avila argues, is fraudulent.