Elon Musk has expressed support for a border wall, claiming that migrants must have proof of their asylum claims before being allowed into the country.
Just days after announcing an upcoming visit to crisis-hit Eagle Pass, Texas, Musk took to X, known as Twitter before he bought it, to address the thousands who crossed into the US this month.
The city of just 28,000 residents has been overwhelmed by migrants in recent days, with the number of border crossings rising to about 8,000 per day in the week ending September 22, according to the Washington Office of Latin America. During the month of August, more than 232,000 migrants crossed the US-Mexico border.
“We actually need a wall, and we need to require people to have some piece of evidence to claim asylum, because everyone does that,” the 52-year-old Tesla founder said on Wednesday. “It’s a hack you can literally Google to find out exactly what to say!”
According to local reports, most of the asylum seekers are Venezuelans who say they were forced to leave their home country due to the South American nation’s economic and social collapse under the socialist regime of Nicolas Maduro.
Elon Musk has announced that he will go to Eagle Pass, Texas later this week to observe the situation at the US-Mexico border
During the month of August, more than 232,000 migrants crossed the US-Mexico border – and it is estimated that up to two million migrants have crossed this year
Musk said he would learn more about the situation “perhaps as soon as Thursday” when he visits Eagle Pass.
He made the comments while responding to a video in which House Speaker Kevin McCarthy claimed he will not support financing Ukraine until the administration addresses the border crisis.
“The (US) border needs to be secured. This is not a partisan issue – even the elected leaders of the Democratic Party of New York say this is a serious crisis,” Musk added.
He also clarified that while “most of the (very long) border is super tricky… the convenient parts of the border need walls and that’s not difficult.”
It comes after Musk claimed on Tuesday that he had spoken to Congressman Tony Gonzales, who sounded the alarm about the crisis, and decided to see the scene for himself.
“I spoke with Rep. Tony Gonzales this evening – he confirmed it is a serious issue,” Musk wrote on Tuesday. ‘They are being overwhelmed by unprecedented numbers – they have just reached an all-time high and are still growing! I’m going to Eagle Pass later this week to see what’s going on with myself.”
In another message responding to a DailyMail.com video of chaos outside a Staten Island migrant shelter, Musk said “this is a serious crisis.”
Eagle Pass Mayor Rolando Salinos has declared a state of emergency over the crisis, but a document reportedly leaked by a border agent appears to show that the unprecedented number of arrivals is now making it impossible for them to effectively police the border crossing.
Many migrants are victims of extensive multi-billion dollar human trafficking schemes run by drug cartels
Officials have long said that the influx of migrants crossing the border illegally is directly linked to the multibillion-dollar human trafficking schemes of Mexico’s notoriously violent drug cartels.
The report was shared by DC Examiner reporter Anna Giaritelli on
Giaritelli added that the agent who shared the document is “pretty pissed off about this,” a sentiment echoed by Elon Musk when he revealed this week that he is traveling to Eagle Pass to help address the “serious problem.” to take.
According to the leaked document, which has not been independently verified by DailyMail.com, all Border Patrol agents in Eagle Pass have been assigned to processing at various migrant centers.
The memo adds that there should be nothing at the border that “indicates any form of deployment/enforcement in the field.”
The lack of Border Patrol agents comes as agents struggle to cope with crossings matched only by levels seen in April 2023, when the pandemic-era Title 42 immigration policy ended.
Harrowing images of the porous border show droves of migrants crossing difficult terrain and wading through the Rio Grande River.
Families are seen clinging to each other, some struggling to carry soaking wet bags of belongings across the water.
After crossing from Mexico in Piedras Negras, the asylum seekers were met by law enforcement officers, including the National Guard, before reaching long lines of barbed wire.
Stunning images have shown large numbers of migrants crossing difficult terrain and wading through the Rio Grande River on their way across the southern border
Officers were seen helping people through the site, including lifting small children exhausted from the journey to safety, as many migrants waited in line to be processed.
Shelters in border towns like Eagle Pass are well over capacity due to the thousands of crossings per day.
As officials look for solutions, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has led the movement to bus migrants to northern states to share the burden of ineffective border policies while bringing the crisis to national attention.
In New York, where more than 100,000 migrants have flooded into the city, Mayor Eric Adams admitted this month that the influx could “destroy” the Big Apple.
But Salinas addressed such comments when he decried Biden’s response to the Eagle Pass influx, saying on social media this week: “We are not a city that has the resources of New York, Chicago, and cities like that.
‘You already see that large cities are complaining that they are receiving large numbers of undocumented immigrants. I mean, we’re Eagle Pass. We have limited resources, so this is not sustainable.
“What’s disappointing as mayor is that we haven’t heard from the President of the United States or the Vice President of the United States… “To this day, I have never heard of a concrete action plan to to put an end to this cannot continue to happen. Sometimes we feel a little abandoned here on the border here in Eagle Pass.”