Eagle Pass, Texas declares state of emergency over migrant surge - Breaking News

Eagle Pass, Texas declares state of emergency over migrant surge

An unprecedented surge of 4,000 migrants streamed across the US border with Mexico into Eagle Pass, Texas, on Wednesday — forcing the overwhelmed city to declare a state of emergency.

Border patrol sources said they join approximately 7,500 other migrants who handed themselves in along the Texas border over the last week.

The surge is the largest since 15,000 Haitian immigrants camped out under the bridge in neighboring Del Rio, Texas, nearly two years ago to the day, officials said, an incident resulted in a major humanitarian crisis.

City Mayor Rolando Salinas said the new mob, many of them from Venezuela, has overrun Mission Border Hope, the only migrant shelter in the border city.

“One of the situations is that a lot of these [migrants], they’re single males and they don’t want to listen to instructions and they’re leaving the facility,” the mayor said.

“Not all of these people come in peace.”

Migrants cross the US border at Eagle Pass, Texas.
Officials in Eagle Pass, Texas, said the border city has been overrun by a new flood of immigrants since Sunday, with 2,500 crossing into the US over two days — and another 4,000 expected to enter by the end of the day Wednesday.

New flood of migrants cross the border at Eagle Pass, Texas.
A new flood of migrants have crossed into the US over the past several days through a new gap in the border at Eagle Pass, Texas, forcing the overwhelmed border city to declare a state of emergency to get state and federal aid.

He also said the huge influx over the last week — close to 50% of the city’s 29,000 population — has “taken a toll on our local resources, especially our local police force and our fire department.”

Processing the migrants typically takes several days, but could take longer with the huge influx, border sources said. During that time all the migrants will be held in custody, another challenge for authorities.

They are due to be screened for any criminal history and prior illegal entries into the US, with those that don’t pass muster turned over to immigration authorities for possible removal, authorities said.

Among those now detained at Eagle Pass is Roberto Emilio Vasquez-Santamaria, a 64-year-old Peruvian immigrant who is charged with murder in the slaying of another man in the Texas city, Fox News reported.

Migrants flood Eagle Pass, Texas.
Officials in Eagle Pass, Texas, say they anticipate a rush of more than 6,000 migrants crossing the US border into their city by Wednesday, with more expected. The new influx started on Sunday and has continued through the week.
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Vasquez-Santamaria illegally crossed into Texas in May but was released because border officials did not identify a criminal record for him. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ordered him to return to court in 2025, the outlet reported.

After he was released into the community he killed a person, although details of the murder have not been released by the local sheriff.

“It’s obviously a security issue,” said US Rep. Eddie Morales, a Democrat whose district includes Eagle Pass.

US Post exclusive on Arizona floodgates fiasco last month.
The Post reported last month that thousands of migrants crossed into the US through 114 floodgates that were inexplicably welded open by government officials for the monsoon season and for animal migration patterns.

“I am aware that there are 2,000-4,000 under the [International] Bridge right now and more are coming. We’ve also been in contact with Union Pacific [railroad, which runs across the bridge] to make sure they are adequately providing security so that they are not crossing on the railroad tracks.

“All this to say is that there is a concerted effort to try to get a handle on this situation,” he said.

The Texas crisis is just the latest where unvetted migrants have pushed their way into the country.

In West Texas, El Paso opened an emergency shelter after a rush of migrants there last week.

In Tucson, Arizona, and San Diego, California, migrants are being released into border communities as federal officials are running out of space at processing centers designed to hold them.

Last month thousands crossed the border via 114 floodgates in Arizona that were welded open by federal officials to accommodate the migratory patterns of an endangered species of antelope and potential floodwaters.

Sofia, a 3-year-old migrant from Venezuela, is held by her mother Karen as they weather a thunderstorm along the bank of the Rio Grande river while searching for an entry point into the United States from Mexico in Eagle Pass, Texas, U.S. September 15, 2023.
A stream of migrants crossed the US border and into Arizona last month after government officials acknowledged welding over 114 floodgates to accommodate the monsoon season and the migration of an endangered antelope species.

Migrants flood into Eagle Pass, Texas.
Officials estimate that 4,000 new migrants will have crossed into Eagle Pass, Texas, on Wednesday after 2,500 others have already crossed the US border since Sunday. The city has now declared a state of emergency amid the crisis.
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Salinas said Wednesday that the new emergency declaration will allow Eagle Pass to apply for federal and state aid to help deal with the sudden influx of undocumented migrants.

“This is just a measure that we have to take to make sure we maintain order here in the city of Eagle Pass,” he said. “We’re going to use that money to reimburse fire, reimburse police and any other expenses that the city has to make.

“We do have reports that there are other caravans coming to Eagle Pass, so we want to be prepared for any scenario,” he added.