While the Texas National Guard continues to have control over Shelby Park in Eagle Pass, leading to border crossings in the area dropping from thousands per day to less than ten, the number of illegal aliens crossing into the U.S. in the surrounding area has begun to increase again.
There was a significant reduction in illegal aliens entering Eagle Pass in January following Texas’ decision to seize Shelby Park, but traffic has begun to increase in the border city in recent weeks — despite increased law enforcement presence in the area, as well as increased law enforcement operations on the Mexico side of the border prompted by President Joe Biden’s secret deal with Mexico.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), more than 300 illegal aliens were apprehended just south of Eagle Pass on Tuesday. Citing an anonymous source within CBP, Breitbart News has reported that most of these illegal aliens, who crossed near a Native American Reservation in Texas, will be released into the U.S. interior.
The source went on to explain that intelligence interviews have suggested that these groups of illegal aliens are being led to this area in order to avoid being detected by Mexico’s enhanced law enforcement operations along the border — as this crossing point has no law enforcement presence.
The anonymous CBP official also explained that the illegal aliens being interviewed stated that they were tired of waiting for appointments through the Biden administration’s CBP One mobile application and chose to move forward with their plans to illegally enter the country.
According to Breitbart, the illegal aliens “managed to elude Mexican authorities searching northbound freight trains from southern Mexico, also known as ‘La Bestia.’” They are also aware of the Texas National Guard presence at Shelby Park, and thus are actively moving south of Eagle Pass to avoid arrest.
At the end of January, illegal alien apprehensions in the Del Rio Sector fell to less than 200 within the 210-mile border section around Eagle Pass. Now, the recent increase has prompted concern among officials.
“We know historically, when operations are enhanced, it only takes a few weeks for groups to figure out how to find a workaround to defeat the operations; for law enforcement, staying unpredictable is key. These smaller groups arriving may have figured out the times and places the trains should be avoided,” the source told Breitbart Texas.