Police in Texas, near the Eagle Pass, are lining up as a show of force to help border patrol stop caravan migrants from rushing across the fenceless border.
NBC 4 reported that the U.S. military is sending 250 active-duty troops to Eagle Pass, Texas.
That’s across the border from where some 1,800 migrants, apparently wanting to come to the U.S, are being housed by the Mexican government.
Thousands of federal, state and local authorities even military personnel have flooded this usually quiet community on the banks of the Rio Grande.
“It’s a combination of customs and border protection vehicles and Texas state troopers they are all lined up literally side by side all nose-facing towards Mexico… and then if you take a look at the other side of the Rio Grande across the border just recently we’ve seen this, Mexican authorities now lined up facing exactly the opposite direction,” CNN reporter Martin Savidge said.
Eagle Pass’s mayor is grateful but also a bit taken aback.
Mayor Ramsey English Cantu said: “We are extremely appreciative of the work that they do … but this is something that is unprecedented.”
Texans ask: what’s going on at Eagle Pass? Below is a picture & statement showing that TX Dept. of Public Safety is on top of it. As part of our border security plan we keep DPS on the border with boats & planes. They work with local & federal authorities to enforce the law. pic.twitter.com/R4m0K11jLf
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 7, 2019
Police are lining up their vehicles near Eagle Pass, Texas, to help Border Patrol agents stop the illegal crossing of caravan migrants who arrived in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras last week. Texas Governor Greg Abbott deployed an additional Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers to the region to assist in securing the border section that has no physical barriers to prevent illegal crossings.
“Texans ask” what’s going on at Eagle Pass?” Governor Abbott tweeted. The governor’s tweet includes a photo showing a large number of DPS vehicles lined up with Border Patrol vehicles along the Rio Grande River near the border community.
DC Examiner reporter Anna Giaritelli tweeted a video showing a long line of police vehicles providing a “show of force” to warn caravan migrants from crossing illegally.
EAGLE PASS, TEXAS — More than 60 law enforcement vehicles lined up on the border in what Border Patrol is calling a “show of force” to warn caravan migrants who are just over the Rio Grande River in Piedras Negras against illegally crossing pic.twitter.com/wXopZp8etu
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) February 10, 2019
Prior to the arrival of the nearly 2,000 Central American caravan migrants last week, the Del Rio Sector already witnessed a 364 percent increase in the number of migrant families apprehended in the sector. Eagle Pass falls under the jurisdiction of the Del Rio Sector.
The apprehension of migrant families in the sector from 712 in the first four months of Fiscal Year 2018 to 3,307 this year. The apprehension of unaccompanied minors also jumped by 66 percent this year, according to the Southwest Border Migration report released late last week.
In addition to the strong law enforcement presence, President Donald Trump re-assigned 250 active duty military personnel to the Eagle Pass area to assist in securing the border region that has no physical barrier infrastructure in place.