A video went viral on social media on Thursday showing a group of migrants being escorted through a security gate and into waiting vans operated by the Border Patrol Agency.
“More groups of migrants being walked through the border gate to a waiting Border Patrol van here in Del Rio this morning. This is one of several groups we’ve seen come through today. Our drone team in RGV says 300+ have already crossed in La Joya, TX as of 9am,” posted a reporter with FOX LA.
NEW: More groups of migrants being walked through the border gate to a waiting Border Patrol van here in Del Rio this morning. This is one of several groups we’ve seen come through today. Our drone team in RGV says 300+ have already crossed in La Joya, TX as of 9am. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/QilYPqRCmO
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) July 22, 2021
Earlier this month, Customs and Border Protection reported that federal officials have logged more than 1.1 million apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border this fiscal year.
“Apprehensions last reached the 1-million milestone in 2006. But far fewer attempted to cross that year during the searing-hot summer months, when the journey across the Rio Grande or vast ranches is especially dangerous. Approximately 68,000 migrants were taken into custody in June 2006 — compared to 188,829 apprehensions last month, which was a 5% increase from May,” the Texas Tribune reported.
Troy Miller, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said that due to the heat and intensity of the terrain at the border, they are receiving a high number of distress calls from abandoned migrants.
“We are in the hottest part of the summer, and we are seeing a high number of distress calls to CBP from migrants abandoned in treacherous terrain by smugglers with no regard for human life,” said Miller. “Although CBP does everything it can to locate and rescue individuals who are lost or distressed, the bottom line is this: the terrain along the border is extreme, the summer heat is severe, and the miles of desert migrants must hike after crossing the border in many areas are unforgiving.”
Apprehensions at the border have been rising every month that Biden has been in office.
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