In November of last year, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas, who belongs to the Republican party, declared an incursion on the Texas border with Mexico, citing both the U.S. and Texas constitutions.
Since Joe Biden became President on January 20, 2021 and rescinded President Trump’s effective border policies, millions of undocumented immigrants have crossed the southern U.S. border with Mexico.
NEW: Remarkable video from our Fox drone team shows an enormous line of hundreds of migrants who just crossed illegally into Brownsville, TX this evening. A large majority of them are single adults. The RGV continues to see a massive surge of illegal crossings ahead of T42 drop. pic.twitter.com/xHDV8sc8PD— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 8, 2023
On Sunday evening, a large group of undocumented immigrants were observed queuing up in Brownsville, Texas, having crossed over from Mexico just before the end of Title 42. Most of the recent arrivals seemed to be single adults, and many of those in the line had only a small plastic bag with important documents. This information was reported by FOX’s correspondent, Bill Melugin.
Nonstop flow of illegal crossings here in Brownsville. Working on scripts in my car and look at the window and see another large group gathering for processing after crossing over. Border Patrol buses have been coming and going constantly. It’s going to be a very busy week. pic.twitter.com/9U9RNhzvnb— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 8, 2023
And before I even finished sending that tweet, another group is just now arriving. Literally nonstop. pic.twitter.com/6rqK8YMzD6— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 8, 2023
Heading out for the day – still more large groups showing up after crossing illegally. The flow hasn’t stopped all day. Back at it in the morning! pic.twitter.com/dkvpPRC2tg— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 8, 2023
During the past few weeks, the situation at the border in the South has escalated to an unprecedented level. As the end of Title 42 approaches, revealing drone footage has shown enormous groups of undocumented immigrants queuing up in Texas after crossing the border. On Sunday and Monday, several videos recorded by a journalist and a drone displayed hundreds of people waiting in line.
The average number of illegal border crossings at the US-Mexico border between 2016 and 2020 was 479,005 per year, but this number increased significantly in 2021 and 2022 to an average of 1,938,409. On Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced that 1,500 US troops will be dispatched to the southern border to assist law enforcement and Border Patrol personnel.
Governor Greg Abbott of Texas addressed the ongoing migrant crisis, with a focus on border security. He discussed the expiration of the COVID-era migration policy known as Title 42 and the potential consequences. The governor held a press conference at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to provide details about Texas’ measures to tackle what he referred to as President Joe Biden’s ongoing border crisis.
According to Abbott, the Biden administration expects that around 13,000 people will illegally cross the border each day once Title 42 is no longer in effect. In response, the governor declared that Texas would deploy up to 10,000 National Guard members and 1,200 troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety.