According to the Daily Mail, these to-be asylum seekers looked to have prepared themselves for a long journey as many of them erected tents and canvas over portions of the containers to shield themselves from rain, sunlight, and other elements they may encounter during the "journey."
The train was headed for the southern border where roughly two million migrants have already crossed in order to penetrate America in 2023. The independent news outlet saw that the reason why border states have been crushed by the influx of illegal is because of President Joe Biden's "soft" and "weak" border policies.
FOX News sources capture a FerroMex train bursting with migrants out of Zacatecas heading to our southern border right now… cheering and clearly not heeding the message: “do not come”@FoxNews pic.twitter.com/YflMwXrWqu
— Griff Jenkins (@GriffJenkins) September 17, 2023
The latest figures from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol reflect the upsurge in encounters with migrants at the southern border. In July, it listed 184,000 migrant crossings into the country, which went up from 144,000 in June. Migrants come in from across the world -- not just Central and South American nations such as Venezuela and Mexico, but also from China and other places.
The 2022 fiscal year saw record-breaking numbers of encounters with migrants at the Southwest border with 2,378,944 reported crossings from October to September. In 2023, through July, there have been 1,973,092 -- many of them coming as Title 42 expired. As per Fox, the number of migrant crossings in August was set to exceed 230,000. As for the demographics, most migrant encounters are single adults (64.9 percent). Almost 600,000 are individuals in a family unit and there have been 109,298 unaccompanied minors crossing the border.
Similar migrant releases took place in Tucson, Arizona, with agents coming across 2,000 people a day and dealing with packed shelters. Also, Cochise County in Arizona, is being slammed with waves of migrants bussed from other counties. It's unclear exactly how many migrants the processing facilities in Tucson can accommodate or how many have been transported to other locations such as Cochise County.
Meanwhile, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who has long been criticizing the Biden administration's lax border policies, is using razor wire to block migrants illegally entering, seeking to stop it by building a buoy barrier in the Rio Grande. The Lone Star State governor has also been busing migrants to 'sanctuary cities' such as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles in order to give border towns some relief.
Abbott argued that Texas cities have carried the weight of illegal immigration and 'sanctuary cities' need to share that burden. "Texas has bused over 35,000 migrants to self-declared sanctuary cities," he wrote earlier this month on Twitter, which is now called X. But said cities slam him now for his migrant busing program. In fact, the Los Angeles City Council decided unanimously recently that the city attorney's office should conduct a criminal probe against Abbott. If they find probable cause to believe there were crimes such as kidnapping and human trafficking committed, they will file lawsuits against Abbott. (Related: City council of "sanctuary" Los Angeles orders probe into Abbott's migrant busing program, signaling they don’t want migrants after all.)
For Hugo Soto-Martinez, one of L.A.'s council members, what the Texas governor is doing is "racist." "The competition between these Republican governors about who could be more racist, I think, is just an utter failure and shows clearly that they do not have any intention to govern effectively," he said. He also claimed that the Texas governor is disregarding the lives of these illegals' families, which is why he should be fully investigated for accountability for his "criminal actions." Others think that's exactly what the Governor is thinking of - more resources for these people than Texas can provide.
Moreover, L.A. Mayor Karen Bass expressed her displeasure with the governor because according to her, his office was not coordinating with her regarding the 'busing program.' "We hear about the buses headed our way when they're on the way. But we have no idea who's going to be on the bus, how many people it is, or what condition they're going to be in when they get here," Bass claimed. "Sometimes they haven't had any food; they barely have enough water."
Responding to the allegation, the Texas governor's office told Fox News earlier in September that since L.A. has established itself as a sanctuary city, it should not be blaming him for the influx of migrants into their territories. "The L.A. City Council members are complete hypocrites," Abbott spokesman Andrew Mahaleris slammed the council. "In June, they unanimously voted to become a sanctuary city, welcoming migrants to the city. Texas began busing migrants to sanctuary cities like Los Angeles last year to provide relief to our overrun and overwhelmed border communities."
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