A unit of 1,000 state police officers and Texas Rangers assigned to oversee areas along the Lone Star State’s 1,241 mile border with Mexico prepares to guard against the next surge of migrants defying President Joe Biden’s administration .
A month has passed since Texas state law enforcement agents played a role in stopping about 15,000 migrants – mostly Haitians – from crossing the United States-Mexico border.
State troops and rangers will be expected to do the same in the coming days, but with a small caravan of migrants led primarily by Central Americans heading toward the United States from southern Mexico.
According to BorderReport.com, organizers had initially said that a group called ‘Madre Caravan’ or ‘Mother Caravan’ would be formed by thousands of migrants.
But now, about 3,000 migrants, including about 250 children, stopped by a highway on Monday in Huehuetán, a city in the southern state of Chiapas, because the weather was above 89 degrees but actually felt like 99 because of the humidity.
‘Texas Department of Public Safety’ [DPS] Under the direction of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, we are committed to securing our southern border and have deployed nearly a thousand soldiers, special agents and Texas Rangers as part of Operation Lone Star (OLS),’ a spokesman said Monday. told DailyMail.com.
‘While the department does not discuss operational specifics, we continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds to make real-time decisions and will adjust operations as needed.’
Migrants from Africa, Central America, Haiti and South America walk on a highway in Huehuetán, Mexico, on Monday. About 3,000 people are traveling to Mexico City, where they plan to demand documents that will allow them to move freely in the country as part of their plan to reach the border with the United States.
A migrant carries a child while relaxing in a park on Sunday in Huehuetán, a city in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas
Migrants bathe in the middle of a street in Huehuetán, Chiapas on Sunday
A US Customs and Border Protection (CPB) spokesperson told DailyMail.com that the agency is ‘planning all possible scenarios based on information about smugglers’ operations or movements of migrants.
‘Our posture and response are based on comprehensive analysis, not a single report.
‘CBP stands ready to address any potential escalation in migrant encounters as we work to ensure the safety and security of our borders while managing a fair and orderly immigration system.’
Caravan initially attracted its members by distributing a QR code via text message on 15 October.
Handers of a Facebook page called PUM Pueblo Unidos Migrantes set up QR codes for migrants who wanted to be part of the new caravan of 3,000 people.
Migrants, who sought asylum under the Biden administration, began their journey on foot on Saturday as they took off from the town of Tapachula, across the Guatemalan border.
Many clashed with hundreds of law enforcement officers in riot gear who failed to attempt to block their path.
A Salvador expat interviewed by Fox News defied the United States’ stance to secure its borders from illegal immigration and told the network, ‘Tell Biden we’re coming.’
The group plans to reach Mexico City and demand that the National Migration Institute expedite the process of providing the legal documents necessary for migrants to move freely in the country.
Mexican television network Foro TV said the group also includes South American, Haitian and African expatriates who have spent the past eight months in Chiapas waiting for their travel documents to be approved by the Mexican government.
At least 147,000 undocumented migrants were registered in southern Mexico between January and August this year, triple the amount reported during the same period in 2020.
The National Institute of Migration declined to comment when contacted Monday.
The Mexican National Guard prepares a barricade to prevent migrants from traveling along a highway in Chiapas before clashes on Saturday
A person holds a wooden cross with other migrants on their way to Mexico City to apply for asylum and refugee status; She is pictured in Huehuetán, Mexico on Monday
Migrant families relax in a park in Huehuetán, Chiapas, on Sunday as they take a break from their trek from southern Mexico to Mexico City
A woman carries her son as a group of migrants travel on foot Monday in Huehuetán, a city in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas
Migrants from Central America, South America, Africa and Haiti walk together on a highway in Huehuetán, Mexico, on Monday
Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard rebuked smugglers and organizers during a press conference on Monday, accusing them of misleading migrants that the United States would allow them to cross the border with ease.
Ebrard said, ‘We will act carefully, with a view to the law and human rights.’
‘But we want to say that they are deceiving people because it is not true that they will let them go to the United States.’
Some migrants who attempted to leave Tapachula north in September were subject to brutal treatment by Mexican authorities, and the National Institute of Migration condemned the incidents of violence that were captured on video at the time.
According to the latest CBP Monthly Southwest Border Report released last Friday, the US Border Patrol reported 1,734,686 encounters with migrants crossing the United States-Mexico border illegally during fiscal year 2021.