Exhausted Texas National Guard slept in a truck in Texas when migrants crossed the border illegally, while in California, a Cuban man tragically drowned trying to swim into the US.
The Texas incident took place near the border in Roma in the early hours of Tuesday, when border personnel bulged from a massive wave of illegal crossings apparently unable to stay awake.
Cameras from Fox news rolled as migrants patiently gathered by the truck with the two sleeping Guardsmen, waiting to turn themselves in to apply for asylum in the US.
According to Fox Business correspondent Hillary Vaughn, one of the migrants eventually knocked politely on the window of the truck to warn the Guardsmen.
Migrants wait to surrender while two National Guardsmen sleep in a truck on Tuesday in Roma, Texas
A smuggler takes migrants, mostly from Central American countries, on a small inflatable raft towards American soil in Roma, Texas on Wednesday. A wave of migrants on the southwest border has put the Biden government on the defensive
Migrants wade through shallow waters after being delivered to Roma by smugglers on small inflatable rafts on Wednesday
Migrants, mostly from Guatemala, await a U.S. Border Patrol pick-up location after being smuggled across the Rio Grande in Roma, Texas on an inflatable raft on Wednesday. The lights of the Mexican city of Miguel Aleman can be seen in the background
Vaughn and her cameraman watched as hundreds of migrants illegally entered the US across the Rio Grande, many of them wearing wristbands indicating they had paid Mexican cartels to insure their crossing.
In Texas, hundreds of guards have been sent to the border to aid the overwhelmed Border Guard agents.
National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) President Brandon Judd told Fox News that the exhausted Guardsmen fall asleep on the job is a “good example of the pressure that cartels put on public funds”.
“All staff have to work extremely long hours, often away from home while living in hotels,” he said.
In recent months, there has been a massive increase in illegal crossings on the southern border, with many migrants apparently viewing the Biden government as more hospitable.
According to US Customs and Border Protection data, there were 92 percent more arrests of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the southern border in January and February compared to the same period last year.
An unaccompanied minor, 7, who said she was only from Mexico, steps off a small inflatable raft on US soil after being delivered by a smuggler in Roma, Texas, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. She claims she is trying to protect family members. reach in the US.
Migrant families wade through shallow waters after being delivered by smugglers on small inflatable rafts on US soil in Roma, Texas on Wednesday.
Smugglers talk to journalists after delivering group of migrants across Rio Grande River in Roma, Texas on Wednesday
Over the same period, more than 300,000 solo adults were detained, an increase of 188 percent.
The sheer number of people attempting the often dangerous illegal crossing has taken a tragic toll, including the latest example of a Cuban man who drowned while trying to swim to California.
The migrant’s body was found on a beach in Tijuana, after apparently trying to swim around a seawall stretching into the Pacific Ocean.
The Biden government says it is working to address the increase in migrants coming to the border.
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden tapped Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the White House efforts on the US southern border and work with Central American countries to address the root causes of migration.
The government has also issued a statement saying it will provide a daily count of child migrants in custody.
The government said there were nearly 5,000 children in border surveillance on Tuesday and a further 11,551 in shelters operated by the Ministry of Health and Human Services.
The body of a Cuban migrant, who drowned while swimming to enter the US, lies on the sand at the border fence at Playas Tijuana, in Tijuana, Mexico.
An officer inspects the body of a Cuban migrant, who drowned while swimming to enter the US, in Tijuana Wednesday
The migrant’s body was found on a beach in Tijuana, after apparently trying to swim around a California sea barrier stretching into the Pacific Ocean.
Forensic technicians carry body of Cuban migrant who drowned while swimming to cross US
Pressed repeatedly on the border issue at his first press conference since taking office, Biden said his government was taking steps to address the situation with measures such as reserving space at a Texas military base for about 5,000 unaccompanied minors. But he mostly returned to criticism.
He noted that, as under President Donald Trump, his administration is continuing to promptly expel most adults and families under a public health order imposed at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The crucial difference is that the government is allowing teens and children to stay in the country, at least temporarily, which is straining government resources during the pandemic.
“The only people we won’t leave on the other side of the Rio Grande unaided are children,” he said.
The situation along the US-Mexico border has become an early challenge for the government, raising more questions than any other topic at the first press conference and diverting attention as the government deals with the pandemic and the economy.
According to the most recently published statistics, the number of migrants trying to cross the border is at the highest level since a rise in the spring of 2019 under Trump. The numbers seem to be on the rise, and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas recently warned they are on track to hit a 20-year peak.