Immigrants Brave Cold by the Hundreds to Enter Texas Border Town

EAGLE PASS, Texas — Nearly 500 immigrants in three separate groups are entering the United States to surrender to authorities. On a rainy and cold Saturday morning, the teams crossed the Rio Grande and walked more than a mile into the United States to surrender to Border Patrol agents and a Maverick County sheriff’s deputy.

Breitbart Texas observed migrants crossing the river several miles north of Eagle Pass just after a downpour in 40-degree temperatures. Most of the immigrants were single adult men and women. Mixed in with the groups of mostly Cuban nationals were several family units with young children. A group of nearly 100 walked along a busy highway leading from Eagle Pass to Del Rio, Texas.

A group of migrants near Eagle Pass walk a busy highway in search of law enforcement. (Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

Breitbart spoke with several of the immigrants who claim to be Cuban nationals. The group described the long journey to reach the United States. The Cuban family says that although the journey was painful, they are ultimately happy to be in the United States. The teams significantly slowed traffic on the busy highway as they searched for law enforcement.

In September, one migrant was killed and several others, including a small child, were seriously injured in the same area when a driver ran off the road and hit the group. On Saturday, the limited number of Border Patrol agents and local law enforcement officers available to respond meant that the parade of migrants walking along the highway was not escorted by authorities.

A Texas sheriff's deputy detains a large group of immigrants while waiting for the Border Patrol near Eagle Pass.  (Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

A Texas sheriff’s deputy detains a large group of immigrants while waiting for the Border Patrol near Eagle Pass. (Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

Groups of migrants crossing the Rio Grande by the hundreds have become an almost daily occurrence in this region. Earlier this month, nearly 800 migrants passed through Eagle Pass in a matter of hours. With temperatures dropping into the 30s due to a recent cold front, migrants began crossing closer to mid-morning, as opposed to just before sunrise.

On Tuesday, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified before the House of Representatives about threats facing the United States. Along with the leadership of the National Counterterrorism Center and the FBI, Mayorkas was directly questioned about security along the southern border.

Republican Rep. Dan Bishop asked Mallorca if he still believes the border is secure. In response, Mayorkas told the MP: “Yes, and we are working every day to strengthen his security, MP.”

The statement comes after the Majorca department experienced record levels of migrant arrests at its south-west border. In fiscal year 2021, more than 1.6 million immigrants were apprehended at the border. The annual total surpassed any other in history for immigration arrests.

This record was broken in 2022, when more than 2.2 million immigrants were apprehended crossing into the United States within the 9 Southwest border zones. Most of the immigrants who surrendered to authorities Saturday are likely to be released, according to a CBP source.

The immigrants, mostly Cuban nationals, are not eligible for removal from the country under the CDC’s Title 42 COVID-19 emergency authority, which expires Dec. 21.

Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Director of Law Enforcement Operations, directing operations for nine Border Patrol stations in the Del Rio, Texas sector. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.

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