El Paso, TX

Border Towns Battle Migrant Crisis: Mexico Deal May Help

Tom Handy
Border Patrol arrests a smuggler with illegal immigrants in El Paso, TexasPhoto byX (Twitter)

Texas is seeing a large number of migrants cross the border. This caused President Joe Biden to send military personnel to help. Governor Greg Abbott ordered more buses to help these border towns. 

Like San Diego and border towns in Arizona, El Paso, and Eagle Pass were getting overwhelmed with migrants crossing the southern border. 

El Paso shelters were overwhelmed with about 2,000 migrants a day crossing the border and the City had to open an emergency shelter. Mayor Oscar Leeser said they would begin busing migrants to Denver, Chicago, and New York City according to Reuters.

Eagles Pass saw over 11,000 migrants cross the border in a week’s timeframe as Mayor Rolando Salinas declared a State of Emergency. 

According to a press release from Governor Abbott, he ordered the Texas Department of Emergency Management to send more buses to border cities

Despite all the support, this was not enough. So a deal was made where Mexico would take illegal immigrants who were expelled from the United States.  This won’t handle all of the migrants crossing the border, but may help a little. 

Customs and Border Patrol Acting Commissioner Troy A. Miller said according to The Texas Tribune:

“We are continuing to work closely with our partners in Mexico to increase security and address irregular migration along our shared border.” 
“The United States and Mexico remain committed to stemming the flow of irregular migration driven by unscrupulous smugglers while maintaining access to lawful pathways.”

Mayor Leeser said according to The New York Post:

“I think it’s really important to note that we have a broken immigration system.”

Border Patrol has helped to house some of the migrants who came to El Paso since they provide housing to the homeless. 

Despite Mexico accepting illegal immigrants, this will possibly cause sanctuary cities to support more migrants on their limited budget. Chicago and New York City have asked for more funding to support migrants sent to them since last summer. 

Do you think more migrants coming to the U.S. help or hurt the country overall? 

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