Three Texas counties are expected to declare a state of emergency over the record number of illegal migrant crossings — blasting the crisis at the US-Mexico border as “unprecedented.”
County leaders in Kinney County, Goliad County and Uvalde County will make the “important announcement about forthcoming emergency declarations” Tuesday at a press conference in Brackettville — about 30 minutes north of the southern border, elected officials said in a press release.
Officials from the three fed-up counties were not available when reached by The Post for comment Monday, but the bold move comes as many Texas border counties have been battling a surge in illegal crossings.
The number of reported migrant encounters along the US-Mexico border once again made history in May — hitting a staggering 239,416 encounters, according to the latest available monthly Customs and Border Patrol statistics.
The figure is the highest number of migrant encounters recorded in one month ever and brings the total migrant encounters in FY 2022 to more than 1.7 million.
“I think they’re trying to think of options or come up with some kind of solution. At the end of the day, the federal government is not doing its job and these local communities need to come up with a solution,” said County Commissioner Robert Nettleton in the neighboring Val Verde County.
Ranchers with property near the border often see human and drug smuggling on their land, and small towns often experience dangerous high-speed chases as human smugglers fail to pull over for Border Patrol agents who try to stop them.
Nettleton says the emergency declarations are a way for small, resource poor communities to get funding from the state and federal government.
This is an excerpt from the New York Post.