A Venezuelan flag was planted in the middle of the Rio Grande at the US-Mexico border at Eagle Pass before it was promptly taken down by Texas officials over the weekend.
It is estimated that over the last week an astonishing 100,000 migrants entered Eagle Pass, a small border town of fewer than 30,000. Most have been released after being processed and will remain free as they wait for their asylum appointments – a process that could take years.
According to local reports, most of the asylum seekers are Venezuelans who say they had to leave their home country because of the economic and social collapse of the South American nation under the socialist regime of Nicolas Maduro.
As the crisis continues, the Mexican and American governments and the United Nations are considering setting up a temporary pre-screening program for about 40,000 asylum seekers from Haiti, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba who are currently in southern Mexico, where there are no mobile US consulates to do this.
UN migration and refugee agencies would review the migrants’ asylum eligibility before they get to a mobile US consulate, according to Mexican Foreign Minister Alicia Barcena.
A Venezuelan flag was planted in the middle of the Rio Grande at the US-Mexico border at Eagle Pass before it was promptly taken down by Texas officials over the weekend
Texas officials with the Department of Public Safety are seen taking down the Venezuelan flag
It is estimated that over the last week an astonishing 100,000 migrants entered Eagle Pass
Around two million migrants are thought to have crossed the US southern border in 2023 with many citing Biden’s lax policies as a reason. Another 500,000 could cross by the end of the year.
Recently, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced that 800 more military service men and women would be sent to the border to aid the crisis joining the more than 2,500 National Guardsman who are already present.
A common route for many migrants sees them leap aboard US-bound freight trains in order to get across the border. This has become so common, that Mexico’s biggest railroad company announced a suspension of services.
Those coming from further south mainly travel on foot which results in them being forced to cross the treacherous Darien Gap, a jungle area in Panama seen as a pathway between South and Central America.
Those troops however are not on a front line and are reduced to administration roles, allowing Customs and Border Protection officers to do more work with migrants.
Last week, Biden announced plans to quickly process more than 300,000 Venezuelan migrants who have crossed the border since July 31 in order to provide some relief to the growing numbers that underfunded border officials are forced to deal with.
Migrants are seen waiting to be processed in Eagle Pass, Texas
A migrant family from Venezuela reacts after breaking through a razor wire barricade into the US. They say they are fleeing hunger and repression under the regime of Nicolas Maduro
There are currently approximately 242,700 TPS beneficiaries under Venezuela’s existing TPS designation, who will be able to remain a further 18 months. There are an additional approximately 472,000 nationals of Venezuela who are now eligible for the scheme.
Many of the asylum seekers who enter the country through Texas end up being bused to progressive sanctuary cities like Chicago and New York City by conservative governors like Texas’ Gregg Abbot as they protest what they see as the Democrats’ open-arm immigration polices.
The surge of asylum seekers has created chaos in New York, where The Roosevelt Hotel has become the intake center for migrants looking for shelter.
Democratic mayor Eric Adams is facing a furious backlash after more than 110,000 migrants have flooded into the city since the spring of 2022. Many of the migrants have been transported north from Republican border states in a bid to prove the Democrat s’ open arms policies are a disaster.
NYC has a legal obligation to give shelter to those who make their way there, and Adams has desperately turned to a variety of city landmarks such as hotels, makeshift shelters and temporary housing as short-term solutions.
New York officials have been sounding the alarm for months over their inability to right the ship, with Adams cautioning that his office estimates the issue will cost the city in the region of $12 billion in just three years.
Adams warned that the city’s services will be affected by the incredible additional expenses on the budget. He has previously stated the city is planning on cutting services such as library hours, meals for senior citizens, and free, full-day care for three-year-olds.