Groups of migrants came through the Rio Grande headed to Eagle Pass, Texas, despite attempts by Mexico’s National Guard to deter them. The migrants evaded the soldiers, entering the water and approaching the concertina wire and containers on the US bank.
From the Mexican side Friday, Breitbart Texas watched the migrants ultimately defeat the wire barrier and enter the US.
The migrants, some with children, struggled against the currents but kept hold of the infants and toddlers they carried. In total, several small groups of nearly 100 migrants managed to cross and breach the wire layers. They used blankets and debris along the bank to shield themselves from the sharp wire as they pushed through successfully into Eagle Pass.
Once past the wire, Texas National Guard soldiers and a lone state trooper guided the migrants to a staging area run by Border Patrol, who took custody for transport to a processing facility.
As the groups converged to scale the wire, other groups unsuccessfully tried to defeat the containers farther upriver. One group was deterred from entering the river by Mexican troops arriving as backup.
Despite efforts in Mexico to lower migrants coming to Piedras Negras by train, hundreds still arrive at the bus station daily, blocks from the Rio Grande.
Friday, Breitbart Texas found discarded CBP asylum applications and foreign IDs from various nationalities littering a busy crossing area south of Piedras Negras.
The migrants leave behind the documents to support asylum claims in the US, proving refuge granted in another country before reaching the border.
The migrants also leave detailed maps from humanitarian groups showing routes to the US border from as far as Panama. One flyer from “Friends of the Train” maps freight train routes through Mexico.
In addition to travel info, the maps and flyers from aid groups like Doctors Without Borders provide shelter addresses across Mexico and Central America. They offer safety tips and warn of route hazards.
According to Border Patrol, over 8,000 migrants were caught in the Del Rio sector in late October, mostly around Eagle Pass. Over 1,000 eluded capture and seven died. Eighteen large groups of 100+ were detained.
Critics argue this shows the border remains dangerously porous. They say illegal crossings continue unabated, overwhelming law enforcement. Only Congress passing meaningful reforms can fix the situation, they contend.
Advocates counter that migrants are fleeing violence and persecution. Increased security forces won’t deter desperate people seeking better lives. The focus should be on processing claims efficiently and humanely, they say.
This migrant surge coincided with the end of Title 42 expulsions, worrying officials over processing strains. But the administration maintains better planning and coordination will manage the influx.
Critics counter that the border remains dangerously porous no matter what the administration claims. Only Congress passing meaningful reforms can truly address the situation, they argue.