Video filmed Sunday of cheering illegal aliens on a FerroMex train traveling from Zacatecas, Mexico, to the U.S. southern border showed people hanging off the sides of the train cars.
Their packed transit to the southwest border defied the U.S. government’s clear message to potential migrants: “do not come,” according to a Fox News report.
Border patrol units stationed along the southern border have been grappling with a significant surge in illegal crossings.
Ajo, Arizona, experienced up to 2,000 illegal crossings daily for several consecutive days last week, the report noted.
The influx led to agents resorting to releasing individuals onto the streets due to overcrowded shelters, according to the report. The illegal aliens released by agents hail from various regions, including Africa, the report noted.
Recent data reveals that more than 20,000 illegal aliens were in Border Patrol custody last month, specifically in the Rio Grande Valley sector in Texas.
Groups heading toward the southern border are comprised of families with infants and children as well as unaccompanied minors, according to the report.
Many families intercepted at the Rio Grande Valley have been released with scheduled court dates.
The Biden administration is contemplating a strategy to require migrants who enter the U.S. illegally to stay in Texas during their asylum screening process, the report noted.
This proposal is seen as a measure to mitigate the influx of illegal immigrants at the southern border. The plan may include use of ankle bracelets to monitor the whereabouts of apprehended aliens, according to the report.
Illegal aliens encountered on the U.S. side of the border undergo an asylum screening to ascertain if they qualify to stay in the U.S.
Discussions have been underway about collaborating with local organizations to offer housing solutions for these migrants.
“DHS continuously holds policy and operational discussions on how to leverage our authorities to ensure a fair, humane, and effective immigration process that efficiently removes those without a lawful basis to stay in the country,” according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Texas has bused thousands of illegal aliens to “sanctuary cities” such as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles to alleviate the strain on border towns.
“Texas has bused over 35,000 migrants to self-declared sanctuary cities,” said Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX).