A FerroMex train leaving Zacatecas, Mexico, headed for the southern US border was packed with migrants who could be heard cheering as they hung from the sides of the cars, video shows.
The train was caught on video on Sunday, despite the US sending a stern message to migrants: “don’t come”.
Border patrols along the southern border have faced an overwhelming number of illegal crossings.
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For example, Ajo, Arizona saw 2,000 illegal crossings a day for several consecutive days last week, forcing agents to resort to street releases because shelters are full. Immigrants also include people from Africa.
Last month, more than 20,000 immigrants were in Border Patrol custody, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection source, in the Rio Grande Valley sector of Texas.
The caravans headed for the southern border included families with infants and children, along with unaccompanied minors.
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Of the families stopped along the Rio Grande Valley, many were released with future court dates.
The Biden administration is considering forcing immigrants who cross into the U.S. illegally to stay in Texas while they wait for asylum.
Administration officials cited the plan as a way to curb the flow of illegal immigrants across the southern border. The plan will also include the application of ankle bracelets to track their location for apprehended migrants. But the government is suing Texas to force it to remove a barrier the state floated on the Rio Grande in an effort to curb historic levels of illegal immigration. The Biden administration also sued Arizona for building a container barrier on its border with Mexico.
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Immigrants will be subject to asylum screening to see if they can stay in the U.S. Officials have discussed working with local groups to provide housing for immigrants.
Since May, DHS has removed or returned more than 200,000 people, the agency said.
“DHS is constantly conducting policy and operational discussions about how to leverage our principles to ensure a fair, humane, and efficient immigration process that effectively removes those who do not have a lawful basis to remain in the country,” the DHS statement said.
Texas operates a bus program to transport immigrants to “sanctuary cities” such as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles to provide relief to border towns.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott argues that Texas cities have borne the brunt of illegal immigration and that “sanctuary cities” should share that burden.
“Texas has bused over 35,000 immigrants to self-proclaimed sanctuary cities,” he wrote earlier this month on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. “Over 11,300 in DC, over 13,300 in New York, over 6,700 in Chicago, over 2,600 in Philadelphia, over 1,000 in Denver, over 480 in LA.”