The Biden administration promised to reinstate the Remain in Mexico policy by mid-November per orders from a federal judge in Texas. In preparation for this inevitability, migrants seeking to enter the United States illegally are congregating at the border to beat the implementation of the policy.
A group of around 3,000 migrants just recently left Tapachula, Mexico, near the Guatemalan-Mexican border, heading for the United States. Since the Mexican government has refused to let truckers assist the traveling migrants, they will likely head for Texas as the closest U.S. border state.
The previous months, which have seen an influx of illegal border crossings and migrant encampment under the bridge in Del Rio, certainly paint a picture of what can be expected from this next wave of illegal immigration.
According to retired ICE agent Victor Avila, “This is no surprise; this is the open borders invitation by the Biden administration.”
The perpetuation of the border crisis largely rests in the hands of President Joe Biden, as his willingness to overlook illegal immigration is a leading cause for the migrants’ willingness to cross a protected U.S. border. Without the fear of deportation or prosecution, illegal aliens are willing to go to great extremes for the chance of a better life in the U.S.
It seems unlikely that President Biden will act in any manner to address the issue, seeing as Biden’s FEMA has denied Texas funds for the border crisis and continues to fight the reimplementation of the Remain in Mexico policy. Avila said, “I’m not gonna leave it up to the federal government to enforce that [Remain in Mexico policy] right now.”
It will be up to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to protect Texas borders from imminent invasion.
“There’s a lot that the state of Texas can do, but there is a hesitation from Governor Abbott on doing it,” said Avila in a recent interview with Texas Scorecard. “I wish our governor would step up and actually enforce the protection of the sovereignty of our state.” According to him, Operation Lonestar—Abbott’s border security effort—has had “absolutely no” effect on the border crisis, although he wishes it would.
Abbott’s gubernatorial challengers—Don Huffines, Allen West, and Chad Prather—have each named the border as one area of failure for Abbott, and another Del Rio Bridge debacle could fan the flames of the primary competition.