Fox News ha visto membri della guardia chiudere e chiudere a chiave il cancello, che è situato su una proprietà privata ed era stato precedentemente aperto, to deny entry to migrants who had crossed illegally and were expecting to be allowed into the U.S.
The illegal immigrants were then seen standing outside the gate waiting to be allowed in, con il Texas National Guard watching on.
A short time later, Border Patrol agents appeared with a key and opened the door, allowing the migrants to get through and be processed into the U.S. immigration system.
The incident demonstrates the stark contrast in approach between Texas authorities and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Under Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas has surged law enforcement to the border under Operation Lone Star. That included a focus on stopping migrants from entering the U.S. con Texas now returning recently-entered illegal immigrants to the border, and its own border wall construction under way.
Agenti della pattuglia di frontiera, nel frattempo, have been increasingly made to focus on processing migrants into the interior, with migrants frequently not seeking to escape Border Patrol — instead seeking them out so they can be processed and quickly released into the U.S.
While some are returned under the still-ongoing Title 42 ordine di sanità pubblica, the majority of migrants are instead released into the U.S. for their immigration hearings, which can take years. Del 199,976 encounters in July, solo 74,5763 resulted in a Title 42 expulsions.
Some agents have expressed their anger at being taken off the line and instead being forced to process those who have entered the country illegally into the U.S.
“So che le politiche di questa amministrazione non sono particolarmente apprezzate dagli Stati Uniti. Protezione delle dogane e della frontiera, ma questa è la realtà, e vediamo cosa possiamo fare all'interno di quel quadro,” Segretario alla sicurezza interna Alejandro Mayorkas told frustrated agents in January.
Republicans have taken aim at the Biden administration for restoring “catturare e rilasciare” politiche, including in ending the Trump-era “Resta in Messico” politica, which kept migrants in Mexico rather than releasing them into the U.S.
The Biden administration has focused instead on tackling “cause profonde” of migration like violence, poverty and climate change. It has also pledged to restore legal asylum pathways that it says were abolished during the Trump administration.
Some of the migrants who have successfully entered the U.S. into Texas have been given the chance by Abbott to travel to Washington D.C. e New York City — the mayors of those cities have protested about the numbers being sent their way and have appealed for federal help while criticizing Abbott. Circa 10,000 migrants are estimated so far to have been sent to both cities.