U.S. Judge sends out a scary cry for help at the southern border

El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego

The southern border crisis has been raging on for years. And it’s only getting worse by the day.

Now a U.S. judge has sent out one scary cry for help after being overrun by the southern border.

Since Joe Biden has assumed office in January of 2021, there has been nearly 10 million encounters between border patrol agents and immigrants trying to cross the U.S. southern border with Mexico.

During the fiscal year of 2023, more than three million illegal immigrants reached America’s shores according to the official numbers from the Customs and Border Patrol annual reports. That’s an unfathomable amount of illegal immigrants.

It’s an issue that the White House will not help the Texas government with in any real, tangible way. In fact, at every step of the way, the White House has tried to make the job of the Texas government more difficult by suing Governor Greg Abbott left and right.

These massive numbers can almost make it difficult to wrap your head around the issue and how important it is. So it’s critical to listen to those who are dealing with the issue every day on the southern border to hear how the rest of the nation is supposed to help. Consider this cry for help from a Texas judge.

A judge in Texas is urging the state to step in and provide assistance to local authorities grappling with the aftermath of a migrant surge breaching a border barrier and entering U.S. territory unlawfully.

Over 100 migrants forcibly entered the U.S. side of the border on Friday, with some cutting through the concertina wire along the Rio Grande. This led to their mass arrest by the Texas Department of Public Safety. However, local facilities are now strained as they hold these migrants awaiting trial.

El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego highlighted the strain on resources, noting that the jail annex is currently at 94% capacity. He emphasized that a repeat incident would overwhelm their capacity. Samaniego suggested that the Texas Department of Public Safety step in to assist with managing the influx.

“It would be very beneficial if the Texas Department of Public Safety were to take charge. They could provide magistrates, shelters, and all necessary resources,” he conveyed to local news outlet KTSM.

State inmates bring financial burdens to counties, as housing them could mean rejecting federal prisoners, who bring revenue. For instance, federal inmates generate up to $87 a day for El Paso County, while state inmates cost $110 a day, local media reports.

These statements from the judge echo the pleas of officials across the country grappling with the border crisis, as they exhaust resources and taxpayer money. New York City Mayor Eric Adams has consistently called for more federal action, leading to budget cuts in city services. Denver Mayor Mike Johnston redirected funds from the police force to support services for undocumented immigrants, while Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson sought an extra $70 million in migrant assistance from the city council.

The migration influx towards northern cities began under Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star, which transported thousands of migrants to places like New York City, Chicago, and Denver, often deemed sanctuary jurisdictions.

President Joe Biden’s tenure has witnessed record levels of migrant encounters at the southern border. The Congressional Budget Office revealed that over 3 million foreign nationals entered the U.S. illegally, were paroled into the country, or overstayed their visas in fiscal year 2023.

While the southern border traditionally receives more attention regarding illegal border crossings, there have been increasing concerns about similar issues along the northern border of the United States. Factors contributing to this include heightened attention on the southern border, which may lead some migrants to seek alternative routes

Additionally, economic, social, and political factors in neighboring countries, such as Canada, can influence migration patterns. Although the scale may not match that of the southern border, the trend of increasing illegal immigration at the northern border as well underscores the need for comprehensive border security strategies and immigration policies that address challenges on both fronts.

Recently, the U.S. Senate decided to throw out impeachment trials brought against the Biden administration’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, for dereliction of duty and total failure of responsibility. These claims are on the basis that illegal immigration continues to worsen while Mayorkas claims otherwise.

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