“We thought the agents were going to tell us something. But we just walked in.”
The border is literally open. If you watched Parks and Recreation, then you would know this would be a time when Chris Traeger’s use of “litrally” is spot on.
Literally. Open. The New York Post has a video of about 50 migrants literally walking across the border.
Nobody stopped them. Nobody questioned them.
From The New York Post:
Thousands of migrants are flowing across the US border in Arizona every day — literally through open floodgates that have made the Tucson post the busiest point of illegal entry into the country, The Post has learned.
US officials have inexplicably welded open 114 massive gates along the Arizona border to allow water to flow freely during the annual monsoon season and for the migration of an endangered species of antelope, officials said.
But the move is also letting an average of 1,400 migrants from as far away as China casually walk into the country daily — with overwhelmed and outnumbered border agents practically helpless to stop them.
“We thought the agents were going to tell us something,” one Ecuadorean migrant said. “But we just walked in.”
A woman from Cuba described it as “so easy” compared to the hard “journey through Mexico.”
Texas has migrants, mostly from Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Tucson has a mix including migrants from those places but also India, Eqypt, China,
The 12-foot wide gates have supposedly been open for two months. Motorcycles can drive through one while buses on the Mexico side drive migrants to the gates and let them out.
One person said several federal agencies ordered the gates open:
Border Patrol sources said the call to open the gates came from several federal agencies, including the National Park Service.
But because the monsoon season started late this year, they remained open for weeks before there was any rain — allowing migrants a dry path into the US.
“We tried to shut the gates but the order came down that we had to leave them open,” one source said. “You wouldn’t leave the front door of your house open in a bad neighborhood.”
The gates run along a 36-mile stretch near Lukeville, Arizona.
The Tucson region has become the busiest crossing area from Mexico into the U.S.
On August 5, NBC News reported that over 1,300 migrants cross into the Tucson sector on average.
Tucson witnessed 42,561 migrant crossings in July. The area only had 27,294 in June:
“We haven’t seen this many migrants since about 2008,” said Adam Isacson, director for defense oversight at the advocacy group Washington Office on Latin America. “With the end of Title 42, in a way that nobody oversaw, it seems to come back to Tucson.
“What you’re seeing is a lot of large groups who want to turn themselves in,” Isacson said. “Tucson has also traditionally been where smugglers concentrate Mexicans and Central Americans who don’t want to be detected. Now they’re seeing 100 people at a time who are not running away.
“It’s really becoming an epicenter,” he said. “This is big.”
Rancher Jim Chilton said he “regularly sees migrants cross his 50,000 acres of land.” He described the border entrance as “very rough.” He also said the situation has “gotten worse.”
Those who do not go through the welded gates can find themselves in cages at Arizona’s Ajo Border Patrol station, located two hours west of Tucson.
However, the border patrol has no choice. The stations and border patrol are overwhelmed. They have no room. They have no resources. It’s a mess:
Understaffed border agents can do little to stop the flood.
“Three nights ago, a big group of migrants were on the Mexican side,” one source said. “There were two agents on ATVs [all-terrain vehicles] and one line agent trying to stop them from entering. The agents blocked the gates with their quad [bikes]. The cartel guy just started pushing people.
“They rushed the agents. You had people climbing over quads. You had people pushing the agents. Not a single one got charged.”
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