Two Democrat city mayors are sounding the alarm due to an influx of illegal aliens crossing the southern border.
El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser said during a press conference that the city has reached a breaking point after encountering more than 2,000 illegal aliens per day— straining resources and exceeding the available space at shelters.
“The city of El Paso only has so many resources and we have come to… a breaking point right now,” said Leeser. “So, this is something that we’ve been prepared for, but these numbers have really escalated a lot quicker than we ever anticipated.”
During the press conference, Leeser invited Deputy City Manager Mario D’Agostino to the podium to explain the city’s next steps. D’Agostino explained that the city will be opening a new shelter that will hold 400 individuals and will be starting up a busing operation.
On Saturday, the city chartered five buses to take illegal aliens to their desired destinations, including New York, Chicago, and Denver.
Notably, Leeser isn’t the only Democrat Mayor to call attention to the border crisis. Eagle Pass Mayor Rolando Salinas Jr. told CNN that he declared a state of emergency after 5,000 illegal aliens crossed the southern border into his city.
Salinas slammed the Biden administration, saying the president has “abandoned” border communities, and claimed that no one from the White House has offered assistance.
“I believe 100 percent [Biden] does, he bears some responsibility for this crisis. I haven’t heard from anybody in the administration,” said Salinas. “Nobody has bothered to call me [or] anyone in the city staff saying, ‘Hey, this is the federal government. We know what you’re going through. We’re worried about you. This is our plan of action.’ Nothing. We’re here, abandoned. We’re on the border. We’re asking for help. This is unacceptable. Please just enforce the laws that are on the books.”
A spokesperson for the White House told Fox News that “President Biden has called on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform since his first day in office and House Republicans continue to block it.”
“Now, House Republicans who claim to care about border security are threatening it by proposing a continuing resolution that would eliminate 800 CBP agents and officers and marching toward a shutdown that would halt pay to tens of thousands of DHS law enforcement personnel,” the spokesperson added.
According to new data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, there were 232,972 encounters at the southern border in August. This is a 27 percent increase from July.