Shocking footage shows hundreds more migrants flooding over the southern border after leaving a cross-country cargo train known as ‘The Beast.’
Border officials have been left scrambling after being overwhelmed by refugees in recent weeks, with the small town of Eagle Pass, Texas becoming an epicenter of the crisis as over 11,500 people have flocked through in the last 10 days.
Many have traveled to the border on Mexico’s largest railroad network, known as ‘The Beast’, which has sparked further controversy after a number of deaths and injuries were reported from asylum seekers filling the vessel to the brim.
On Friday, footage shared to X – formerly Twitter – by journalist Juan Mendoza Diaz showed hundreds of people marching into Eagle Pass in the early hours of the morning under torchlight.
As the camera panned over the migrants, many smiled and waved – and Diaz said they told him they arrived by the train despite Mexico officials announcing the partial halting of ‘The Beast’ this week due to the spate of problems.
The crisis escalated overnight Friday as at least three cases of tuberculosis were reported among migrants in El Paso, Texas – almost 500 miles away from Eagle Pass.
The reported admission from the migrants that they made their way to Texas on a train comes after ‘The Beast’ was supposedly partially shut down after half-a-dozen people dead or were injured on the freight.
Stunning images show the huge train crammed full of migrants in recent weeks. Hundreds were seen cheering as they clung to the sides of the train this week as they departed the Mexican city of Zacatecas as it made its way north on the 750-mile journey to the border.
On Monday, at least 8,000 illegal migrants were apprehended on the border.
As the relentless wave of migrants continue to pour into the US, a tense back and forth has erupted between the Biden administration and Texas officials criticizing the president for a lack of action.
Rolando Salinas, the mayor of Eagle Pass, slammed Biden on Thursday after the influx devasted his town of just 29,000, seeing a surge in ‘robberies and violence’ since the refugees hit the community.
Over 11,500 migrants have flooded the town in the last 10 days, a number that is set to continue soaring as the crisis shows no signs of slowing down.
The worsening situation has led to stunning images of migrants lined up waiting to be processed, while Texas border agents resorted to using razor wire to bring the surge down.
Families were seen in eyebrow-raising images being helped through the razor wire in recent days, with many having traversed difficult terrain and waded through the Rio Grande River in hopes of making their way to the US.
The dangerous route taken by many into the US also saw a three-year-old boy die on Wednesday after he and his family were swept up in tides on the Rio Grande River near Eagle Pass, and reports indicate another middle-aged man has also drowned in the river this week.
The Rio Grande has become an epicenter of the national struggle over the migrant crisis, where Biden administration officials have been cutting down razor wire that is hastily put back up by their Texas opponents.
In footage shared by Texas ‘Border Czar’ Mike Banks, a Texas National Guard soldier was seen flinging a large portion of the wire back over the river to replace the ‘wire the Biden Admin cut yesterday.’
‘Texas will NEVER give up on our efforts to secure the border,’ Banks added in a tweet.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, an outspoken critic of the Biden administration’s border policies who has bussed at least 35,000 migrants this year to ‘sanctuary cities’, also saw a floating border on the Rio Grande torn down this month after it was deemed dangerous to border crossers.
Abbott’s attempt to both share the strain of the influx and bring the situation to national attention, despite claims Texas is far more prepared than northern cities, saw New York City Mayor Eric Adams admit to residents last week they will ‘lose’ their city without intervention.
While problems at the southern border have been plaguing immigration laws in the US for years, the issue escalated significantly at the expiration of Title 42 in May, a pandemic-era border policy that altered the powers of officials to detain people crossing the border.
The day the policy expired on May 12, the number of illegal border crossings topped 10,000 – a figure that was maintained for several days.
A large number of the refugees have moved from Venezuela amid the country’s ongoing economic decline, with more than seven million residents leaving the nation of 29 million people as of February, reports The New York Times.
While the vast majority of the seven million have opted for neighboring countries, many have made their way to the US. From 2015 to 2018, only around 100 Venezuelans were stopped annually at the border.
From October 2021 to August 2022, that number stood at 150,000.
In Eagle Pass, Salinas declared a state of emergency while he pointed the finger at Biden’s weak border policies for catalyzing the issue.
‘There have to be consequences for crossing illegally,’ Salinas told The New York Post on Thursday. Salinas, a lifelong resident of his town, said it was unprecedented.
‘I’ve never seen people cross like this. If they’re going to come, they must enter through the port of entry. I know people are desperate, but this is a nation of laws.
‘Our cops are overwhelmed. Our firefighters are responding to calls for care for migrants. We don’t have the resources to handle this. We’ve seen robberies, they’ve broken into homes.’
Despite the influx plaguing his community, Salinas added that he has not been contacted by anybody from Biden’s administration to offer help or assistance.
‘I haven’t heard from anybody in the administration. The president hasn’t put out a statement, the vice president. I haven’t heard from anybody,’ he said.
‘Nobody has bothered to call me or the city staff and say hey, this is the federal government, we know what you’re going through, we’re worried about you, this is our plan of action. Nothing.
‘We’re here abandoned. We’re on the border. We’re asking for help. This is unacceptable.’
The thousands of migrants making their way from South America has sparked chaos across the continent, with Venezuela’s devastated economy dramatically impacting its neighbors.
In a Mexico City shelter, over 500 migrants were crammed into a 100-person facility as workers have been forced to turn away migrants in their droves, reports the New York Times.
In Tijuana, almost all of the city’s 32 shelters have reportedly reached capacity, as over 70 nations are represented in the asylum appointment applications in the city.
After tens of thousands have successfully made a break for the border, lawmakers in Texas – as well as some surrounding states including Florida – have resorted to bussing migrants north.
The issue has been particularly devastating in New York, and Adams claimed last week the city is dealing with over 10,000 migrants a month.
The migrant crisis has plagued Adams’ time as mayor since he took office in January 2022, but in an emotional town hall meeting on September 7 he told New Yorkers he didn’t see light at the end of the tunnel.
‘Let me tell you something, New Yorkers. Never in my life have I had a problem that I did not see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this,’ he conceded. ‘This issue will destroy New York City. Destroy New York City.’