‘Criminal organizations continue to search for ways to shift Border Patrol resources from one area in hopes of creating gaps in coverage…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) As newly-elected liberal New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and California Gov. Gavin Newsom both planned to pull troops from their states’ borders this week, huge groups of migrants continued illegally pouring into the United States.
On Monday alone, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrested three separate groups near southwest New Mexico’s Antelope Wells Port of Entry, each numbering in the hundreds.
The first group had 290 illegal aliens; the second had 330; and the third, discovered shortly before midnight, had 311.
“This is an ongoing situation that Border Patrol Agents face in southern New Mexico: hundreds of parents and children being encountered by agents after having faced a dangerous journey in the hands of unscrupulous smugglers,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a press release.
The illegal aliens simply walked across the U.S.-Mexico border, since a wall does not protect the area, according to CBP.
As caravans continue to organize with migrants numbering in the thousands, supported by open-border groups like Pueblo Sin Fronteras, CBP has seen a recent surge in “large group” illegal migration.
It said the second group of 330 illegal aliens marked the 28th large group—defined as more than 100 people—since October.
But that statistic accounts for only the El Paso Sector of the border.
In total, CBP has encountered more than 58 large groups since October, up from 13 during the same period last year.
The agency suspected that the trend was likely part of a tactic used by drug cartels to exploit weaknesses in U.S. enforcement operations.
“The smuggling of large groups within the local communities present various challenges to ensure criminals do not use these tactics to exploit vulnerabilities,” said a press release. “Criminal organizations continue to search for ways to shift Border Patrol resources from one area in hopes of creating gaps in coverage to move drugs and criminals through other areas.”
Despite the influx of illegal immigration, New Mexico’s Gov. Grisham called the border crisis a “charade” of “fear-mongering” while sending home this week many national guard troops who were there to support CBP efforts.
The migrant groups were composed of families and unaccompanied minors from Central America, primarily Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras.
“Criminal organizations continue to exploit innocent human lives in order to enhance their illicit activities without due regard to the risks of human life,” CBP said. “In most cases these smugglers never cross the border themselves in order to avoid apprehension.”
The situation at the border also presents a humanitarian threat: smugglers bring children through the desert in below-freezing temperatures with inadequate supplies and “no sense of safety and/or value to human life.”
Liberty Headlines’ Ben Sellers contributed to this report.