Illegal immigrants waving a huge Venezuelan flag got into an ugly riot with Border Patrol agents outside of El Paso, Texas after they crossed the border, throwing rocks and injuring at least one agent before being forced back across the Rio Grande.
(Video Credit: Fox News)
Confrontations are getting more frequent with large groups of illegal immigrants who are increasingly violent as they attempt to get across the southern border.
Agents were reportedly attacked with rocks and a flag pole, forcing them to respond using paintball guns that fired pepper balls to repel the attackers. Agents pushed the illegal immigrants back across the Rio Grande River and over the border, according to Border Patrol spokesperson Landon Hutchens.
One man was waving a huge Venezuelan flag as the mob attacked the agents on Monday.
Before that violent face-off, another group of illegal immigrants marched into Juarez, across the border from El Paso, demanding they be allowed to cross the border. On Tuesday morning, a group of 300 mostly single adults crossed illegally into Normandy, Texas as well.
(Video Credit: The Daily Mail)
In the Del Rio Sector alone, Border Patrol reports more than 50 large groups of more than 100 migrants each have breached the border since the beginning of October. The invasion appears to be escalating.
El Paso is a Democrat-led city. It ended an extended effort in October to bus thousands of illegal immigrants to northern sanctuary cities, including 10,600 migrants to New York and 3,200 to Chicago.
The Biden administration has recently expanded Title 42 expulsions to include Venezuelan nationals, who were previously released into the US. Currently, they are being sent back to Mexico, which is allegedly bussing them deeper into the Mexican interior and giving them 15 days to get a visa or get out of the country.
Venezuelans are the second-largest nationality seeking to cross the border with Mexican nationals being the largest. Nearly four out of five of them stopped by authorities in August entered in or near Eagle Pass, Texas, across from Piedras Negras, a Mexican city of about 150,000, according to the Daily Mail.
NEW: Longer video provided by activist at scene shows incident in El Paso yesterday where Border Patrol agents fired pepper balls at a group of Venezuelans crossing illegally into the U.S.
CBP says a thrown rock injured one agent, & another was assaulted with a flagpole. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/t7FrGjnAtb
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) November 1, 2022
NEW: CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus releases statement on the “incursion” of several hundred migrants who tried to cross illegally into El Paso yesterday. He says initial reports show several migrants became combative & assaulted BP agents, resulting in pepper balls/crowd control pic.twitter.com/Unc9zPx5fG
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) November 1, 2022
Roberto Velasco, who is Mexicos director for North American affairs, tweeted Monday that the Mexican government had requested information concerning the confrontation.
Jonathan Blazer, the director of border strategies at the American Civil Liberties Union, called the footage showing the riot “highly alarming.”
“People seeking asylum on US soil should be screened for protection, not pushed back, especially through use of force,” he asserted, not addressing the violence by the illegal immigrants in the least.
“This is the latest in a long line of abuses carried out by CBP,” the ACLU tweeted. “Our government’s failed attempts at preventing people from seeking protection in the US lead to death and suffering. The Biden administration must restore a humane process for seeking asylum.”
This is the latest in a long line of abuses carried out by CBP.
Our government's failed attempts at preventing people from seeking protection in the US lead to death and suffering. The Biden administration must restore a humane process for seeking asylum.https://t.co/cDHk1NyioP
— ACLU (@ACLU) October 31, 2022
A surge in migration from Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua broke the record for the number of illegal crossings recorded in a fiscal year.
In the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30, migrants were stopped 2.38 million times. That’s up a whopping 37% from 1.73 million times the year before and surpassed 2 million for the first time. There were more than 227,000 migrant encounters in September alone, according to Fox News.
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