Five Things Biden Won’t See During El Paso Border Trip

Five Things Biden Won’t See During El Paso Border Trip

President Joe Biden makes his first-ever visit to the Texas-Mexico border on Sunday. However, circumstances in El Paso are vastly different this week compared to the humanitarian disaster just weeks earlier.

The Biden administration’s border and immigration policies left the city of El Paso in a state of disaster during the month of December. Following Mayor Oscar Leeser’s disaster declaration and the deployment of the Texas National Guard, conditions in the region are now much different. Here are five things President Biden won’t see after actions taken by Texans:

1: Massive Numbers of Migrants Crossing the Border from Mexico to El Paso

During the month of December, El Paso Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly 56,000 migrants — more than 1,800 per day. That brought the total during the past four months alone to nearly 209,000 migrants. At its peak, nearly 7,400 migrants crossed the border into El Paso over a single weekend — nearly 11,000 in a single week.

Border Patrol agents in El Paso apprehended nearly 7,400 migrants over the weekend. (U.S. Border Patrol/El Paso Sector)

Border Patrol agents in El Paso apprehended nearly 7,400 migrants over the second weekend in December. (U.S. Border Patrol/El Paso Sector)

This prompted a disaster declaration from El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser.

2: A Wide-Open Border in El Paso

During the months leading up to Biden’s first-ever border visit, migrants freely walked across the Rio Grande by the thousands. Following Mayor Leeser’s disaster declaration, Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered the Texas National Guard to the city of El Paso to close off the wide-open crossing areas.

Texas National Guard soldiers build three-layer concertino wire fencing along the Rio Grande border with Mexico. (Texas Military Department)

Texas National Guard soldiers build three-layer concertino wire fencing along the Rio Grande border with Mexico. (Texas Military Department)

National Guardsmen immediately began to erect triple-layer razor wire along known border-crossing areas along the Rio Grande. Guardsmen constructed nearly two miles of fencing in a matter of days.

TDEM workers place shipping containers along the Rio Grande. (Texas Division of Emergency Management)

TDEM workers place shipping containers along the Rio Grande. (Texas Division of Emergency Management)

In the following days, the Texas Division of Emergency Management began stacking shipping containers along the border to fill in gaps.

3: Overcrowded Border Patrol Processing Centers and shelters
In December, the El Paso Sector centralized migrant processing center, designed to hold approximately 3,000 migrants, grew to a population of well over 5,600 migrants, according to the El Paso Migrant Crisis Dashboard operated by the City of El Paso.

Local volunteers serve warm food to the migrants camping out on the streets of El Paso. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

This forced the release of more than 10,000 migrants to local NGO shelters and onto the city’s streets as a polar vortex approached. During a four-week period, Border Patrol officials were forced to release nearly 31,000 migrants to El Paso, the dashboard reports.

On Sunday, as President Biden visits El Paso, the Border Patrol center is holding only 978 migrants — down from nearly 6,000 in December, according to the dashboard. The release of migrants into El Paso fell from a peak of nearly 1,500 per day to 327 per day.

4: Migrants Sleeping on Streets in Freezing Conditions
The release of migrants onto the streets of El Paso and overcrowded shelters left thousands of migrants sleeping outdoors in freezing conditions over the Christmas weekend.

Migrants sleep outside the Greyhound bus station near the US and Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, US, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. Chief Justice John Roberts temporarily blocked the scheduled ending of pandemic-era border restrictions while the US Supreme Court considers a bid by Republican state officials to keep the rules in place during a legal fight. Photographer: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Migrants sleep outside the Greyhound bus station near the US and Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, US, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022.  Photographer: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The City of El Paso struggled to find additional shelter space as the life-threatening polar vortex descended on the region.

Despite the life-threatening weather conditions, the Biden administration blocked many Venezuelan and other “undocumented migrants” from entering federally funded shelters.

5: Roundup of Venezuelan Migrants Sleeping Outside Churches, Shelters, and Bus Stops 

In the days leading up to President Biden’s visit to El Paso, local police and Border Patrol agents began to clean up the streets by arresting hundreds of Venezuelan migrants camped out near churches, shelters, and bus stations, the El Paso Times reported.

EL PASO, TEXAS - JANUARY 07: A father helps his daughter with math "homework" while outside a migrant shelter on January 07, 2023 in El Paso, Texas. President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit El Paso Sunday, his first visit to the border since he became president two years before. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

EL PASO, TEXAS – JANUARY 07: A father helps his daughter with math “homework” while outside a migrant shelter on January 07, 2023 in El Paso, Texas. President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit El Paso Sunday, his first visit to the border since he became president two years before. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

“Hundreds of Venezuelans, faced with expulsion to Mexico, crossed into El Paso without turning themselves in to border agents,” the local newspaper stated. “Many were camped on city streets, hopeful they’ll be allowed to remain in the country. Border Patrol made dozens of arrests last week.”

El Paso Matters reported: “The sounds of crowds of people talking, crying, laughing and praying around the streets of Downtown El Paso were silenced overnight Wednesday as U.S. Border Patrol agents swept up large crowds of migrants near the Greyhound bus terminal.”

NBC News reported El Paso police officers assisted in the migrant roundup outside a Catholic church shelter and bus station.

Summary:

It is not known what President Biden will see when he visits the border in El Paso on Sunday. The White House did not disclose in advance who the president will meet with and what he plans to visit during the border trip.

The New York Times stated that Biden’s visit to El Paso “is bound to be awkward. Governor Abbott, who’s actions helped slow the migrant crisis in El Paso, has not announced any plans to meet with the president.

What is clear is the El Paso President Biden Visits on January 8 is much different than the El Paso of just two weeks ago.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.

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Philadelphia-Bound Migrant Bus Departs from Texas Border

Texas Governor Greg Abbott added the city of Philadelphia as a destination for migrant buses from the border region. The first Philadelphia-bound bus departed with migrants from Eagle Pass and Del Rio, Texas, on Tuesday.

“Since April, Texas’ busing strategy has successfully provided much-needed relief to our border communities overwhelmed by the historic influx of migrants caused by President Biden’s reckless open border policies,” said Governor Abbott. “Until the Biden Administration does its job and provides Texans and the American people with sustainable border security, Texas will continue doing more than any other state in the nation’s history to defend against an invasion along the border, including adding more sanctuary cities like Philadelphia as drop-off locations for our busing strategy.”

Officials in Philadelphia began making preparations for the arrival of “dozens of migrants” over the weekend after receiving information from non-profits in the city, Breitbart Texas reported on Monday.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told NBCPhiladelphia, “We were getting information from various advocacy sources that they were on their way, but we don’t know whether or not they’ve actually left. It’s like a 36-40 hour bus trip, so they could be coming any time tomorrow, Tuesday – but whatever day they come, we’ll welcome them with open arms.”

Philadelphia joins the sanctuary cities of New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., as recipients of migrants from the Texas busing program, which began in April.

“The migrants will be dropped off at William H. Gray III 30th Street Station tomorrow morning,” according to a statement from the Office of the Texas Governor. “Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has long-celebrated and fought for sanctuary city status, making the city an ideal addition to Texas’ list of drop-off locations.”

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott Defeats Democrat Beto O’Rourke

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott Defeats Democrat Beto O’Rourke

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has won reelection, defeating Democrat former Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, who has now run unsuccessful presidential, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns.

On Tuesday, Texas voters gave Abbott a resounding victory against O’Rourke.

The successful reelection campaign comes as the establishment media has for months attacked Abbott for his busing border crossers and illegal aliens to sanctuary cities like Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC.

In recent weeks, O’Rourke campaigned heavily on protecting abortion “rights” across Texas, but the issue fell flat as voters have been focused primarily on inflation, the economy, crime, and immigration.

Over the last decade, Democrats have desperately sought to transform Texas into a viable swing state. Those efforts have failed as Texans have rebuffed Democrat challenges in House, Senate, gubernatorial, and presidential races.

Follow coverage of the 2022 midterm elections on Breitbart News. 

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Data: 73% of Migrants Bused to New York City Are in Homeless Shelters

Data: 73% of Migrants Bused to New York City Are in Homeless Shelters

The overwhelming majority of border crossers and illegal aliens bused to New York City from Texas by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) remain in the city’s homeless shelter system which is “nearing a breaking point,” according to Mayor Eric Adams (D).

Since April, Abbott, along with the city officials in El Paso, Texas, and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) have bused more than 19,400 border crossers and illegal aliens to New York City — the Democrat-controlled metropolis that prides itself on being a sanctuary jurisdiction.

The latest city data published by CNN reveals that more than 14,100 border crossers and illegal aliens bused to New York City remain in homeless shelters, indicating that 73 percent are not leaving the shelters after they arrive.

Adams, a proponent of the city’s sanctuary policy, is now warning New Yorkers that “the city is going to run out of funding for other priorities” and they may end up footing a $1 billion bill if the inflow of illegal immigration does not stop.

“This is unsustainable,” Adams said last week while declaring a state of emergency just as Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul calls on the National Guard to help deal with the inflow.

Mayor Eric Adams / Facebook

The arrival of the world’s poor at New York City’s doorstep has immensely strained its homeless shelter system. Last week, the city’s shelters housed more than 62,500 people — a record high.

The figure indicates that more than 2-in-10 homeless shelter residents arrived on migrant buses from Texas and Arizona. New York City officials, currently, see no end in sight for the inflow.

“Our shelter system is now operating near 100 percent capacity,” Adams said. “And if these trends continue, we’ll be over 100,000 in the year to come. That’s far more than the system was ever designed to handle.”

While rents and housing costs skyrocket for New Yorkers, Adams has started building a tent city for arriving border crossers and illegal aliens on the secluded Randall’s Island. The Democrat mayor is also considering chartering a cruise ship to house border crossers and illegal aliens.

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Newsom: DeSantis ‘Insane’ — What He Did to Migrant Kids ‘Sick’

Newsom: DeSantis ‘Insane’ — What He Did to Migrant Kids ‘Sick’

Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Alex Wagner Tonight” that Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) was “insane” and “sick” for moving migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard.

Discussing billboards he has put up against Govs. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and DeSantis, Newsom said, “They need to be called out. They can’t just get away with it. They can’t claim to be pro-life when they are just pro-birth. They can’t claim to embrace freedom, where they’re denying freedom for women and girls reproductive rights. They can’t attack vulnerable communities without being called out.”

He continued, “Are you paying attention to what these guys are doing, how many books have been banned here in Texas. Eight-hundred-and-one books have been banned. Ron DeSantis arrested an elected officials. He is sending swat team for people in their underwear at six in the morning because they register to vote and voted. That is insane. Just think about. It that’s insane. He went to another state to find migrants and use state money that was intended for unauthorized immigrants, not those seeking legal asylum and send them to an island.”

He added, “It’s sick. I am a parent. Man how do I explain that to my, forget Democrat, Republican. It’s like, what? Someone did that? They would do that to kids? To other people’s kids? To human beings? What kind of person does that?”

Newsom concluded, “They are bullies, nothing more than bullies.”

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Poll: Plurality of Swing Voters Back Ron DeSantis Flying Illegal Aliens to Martha’s Vineyard

Poll: Plurality of Swing Voters Back Ron DeSantis Flying Illegal Aliens to Martha’s Vineyard

A plurality of swing voters support Republican governors busing and flying illegal aliens out of their states to sanctuary cities such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) recent migrant flight to Martha’s Vineyard.

The YouGov poll reveals that 44 percent of swing voters said they support governors like DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) busing and flying illegal aliens out of their states to sanctuary cities like Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

About 38 percent of swing voters said they disapprove of migrant buses and flights to sanctuary cities while almost 20 percent said they were unsure about the issue.

The poll comes as DeSantis sent two flights packed with 50 illegal aliens from Venezuela to Martha’s Vineyard, where former President Obama has a sprawling 29-acre estate.

Less than 48 hours after their arrival, officials on Martha’s Vineyard declared a “humanitarian crisis” and claimed they have a “housing crisis” that prevents them from being able to absorb border crossers and illegal aliens, even as the island could shelter six million refugees.

As a result, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) intervened to bus the illegal aliens off Martha’s Vineyard to Joint Base Cape Cod. Some of the illegal aliens are now suing DeSantis, backed by a George Soros-funded group, claiming he violated their Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

Meanwhile, Republican voters are overwhelmingly supportive, by a 75 percent margin, of GOP governors sending illegal aliens to sanctuary cities, the YouGov poll finds. Less than 2-in-10 Republican voters said they disapprove.

Likewise, 50 percent of middle-class Americans — earning $50,000 to $100,000 a year — support Republican governors busing and flying illegal aliens to sanctuary cities. The only income bracket to oppose the migrant buses and flights are those earning $100,000 or more a year.

Most recently, as Texas continues sending border crossers and illegal aliens to Chicago, Illinois Gov. J.B Pritzker announced that he is activating 75 members of the National Guard to deal with the influx of illegal immigration which represents, so far, just 0.01 percent of President Joe Biden’s border crisis.

Abbott is expected to bus about 15,000 border crossers and illegal aliens to Chicago over the next 15 weeks. Thousands more, similarly, are expected to be bused to New York City and Washington, D.C.

The YouGov poll surveyed nearly 1,500 American adults from September 17 to September 20 and has a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

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Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker Activates National Guard Over 0.01% of Biden’s Border Crisis Arriving in Illinois

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) is activating the National Guard over 0.01 percent of President Joe Biden’s record-breaking illegal immigration crisis arriving in the sanctuary state via migrant buses sent by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R).

For more than two weeks, Abbott has sent about 500 border crossers and illegal aliens to Chicago, Illinois, which prides itself on being a sanctuary jurisdiction for illegal aliens.

The 500 arrivals account for just 0.01 percent of the estimated five million border crossers and illegal aliens who have crossed the southern border since Biden took office.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) has called the migrant buses from Texas “immoral” and “unpatriotic” as well as “racist and xenophobic.” Those statements come as Lightfoot has relocated many of the arriving border crossers and illegal aliens to the suburbs of Chicago.

Chicago Mayor’s Office / Facebook

Now, Pritzker has called up 75 members of the Illinois National Guard to aid arriving border crossers and illegal aliens. The sanctuary state is expecting 1,000 border crossers and illegal aliens on buses from Texas every week for the next 15 weeks.

“I’m not going to mince words here, the governor of Texas is forcing on New York and [Washington] D.C. and Chicago and potentially other places, a needlessly last minute and complex process, that is a heartless display of politics over people,” Pritzker said in a press conference this week.

Lightfoot, last week, called on Biden to “step up” with “federal support” to aid the sanctuary jurisdiction with the migrant buses.

The migrant buses sent to Chicago are a fraction of what American border communities are forced to sustain with about 6,000 illegal aliens crossings every day.

Recently, in the Del Rio Sector of the Texas-Mexico border, Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly 13,000 border crossers and illegal aliens — averaging almost 1,900 apprehensions a day in the area — which is about a third of Del Rio’s total population.

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NYC Mayor Adams: Abbott, DeSantis Bussing Migrants to ‘Cover Up’ Anti-Abortion, Pro-Guns Abuses

NYC Mayor Adams: Abbott, DeSantis Bussing Migrants to ‘Cover Up’ Anti-Abortion, Pro-Guns Abuses

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Govs. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and Ron DeSantis (R-FL) were sending migrants to cities like his to “cover up” their states’ laws on abortion and guns.

Adams said, “I think it’s a message for the entire country. These are two governors who are hiding up some of the actions they’ve done around gun control which is really a proliferation in our country with guns. It’s what they did with the women’s right to choose. You see, this is their way of covering up what many people have been really concerned about, the erosions of basic human rights. We’re saying crisis calls for coordination. We received a minimum of six buses early this morning. Over 11,000 individuals, asylum-seekers, and migrants have come to the city already. It is time for us to coordinate this humanitarian crisis that our country is facing.”

He added, “They think the politics of treating people in an inhumane manner to cover up, I believe, what they’ve done around human rights, the erosion of it the last few years is what they believe is the best way to handle it. I just disagree.”

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