The U.S. Border Patrol issued a warning to illegal immigrants who are trying to enter into the United States owing to severe weather conditions.
“This is a warning of extreme importance; the currents of the Rio Grande have become more dangerous due to recent and continuing rainfall and more rain is forecasted for the coming week," he said. “Despite these adverse conditions, U.S. Border Patrol, Del Rio Sector continues to encounter large groups of more than 100+, 200+ attempting to cross the Rio Grande daily.”
So far, at least nine people died over the past several days while trying to cross the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, he said.
“In an effort to prevent further loss of life, we are asking everyone to please avoid crossing illegally," he said.
Massive IncreaseThe warning comes as U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are on pace to apprehend more than 2 million illegal aliens during the fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30. Border Patrol agents have arrested 66 illegal aliens along the southern border who are on the U.S. government’s terrorist watchlist and 9,381 convicted criminal aliens.
About 18 months after President Joe Biden took office, some 4.9 million illegal aliens have crossed the U.S.–Mexico border into the United States, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform in a statement last month.
And with the increase, the governor of Texas started busing illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities including Washington, New York, and Chicago, drawing the ire of local Democrat leaders in those municipalities.
The head of the Border Patrol has admitted that the surge of illegal immigration is because of the lack of consequences that most illegal aliens face. His comments are a departure from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who has repeatedly said that the border is closed and that no crisis exists.
“In my experience, we have seen increases when there are no consequences,” Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said on July 28 during a deposition for a lawsuit against the federal government brought by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody.
Those figures are set to worsen, Ortiz also said.