For most of 2021, border officials and southern state leaders have warned about increasing surges. Border Patrol numbers skyrocketed immediately after Joe Biden took office.
Ever since, it has been a major topic of debate: Republicans demand action in the interest of national security, while Democrats continue to claim the border situation is exaggerated.
But one city in Texas is fed up with the whole mess.
City officials in Laredo don’t see the border issue as an exaggeration — they’re on the front lines of the battle against unregistered foreigners, and things have only gotten worse.
Previously, it was common for DHS to send busloads of migrants to the border town of Laredo for processing. About 3 per day was normal for the town of 260,000 people.
But that activity has doubled in recent months.
Many border towns are having similar problems, and residents notice significant surges. Additionally, this puts a strain on law enforcement and the day-to-day operations of these towns and cities.
And Laredo city authorities say they just can’t handle it any longer, and they need to put a stop to the busloads of of unregistered travelers from the Rio Grande Valley.
That’s why they’ve leveled a lawsuit against Biden’s DHS, per Fox News:
City officials in Laredo, Texas are suing President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security in order to stop the transfer of migrants from the Rio Grande Valley to their town for processing.
In the lawsuit obtained by KGNS News and filed on Friday, city officials allege that the Border Patrol has ramped up the number of migrant busloads into Laredo, a border town of about 260,000 people, from 3 to 6 per day and that the influx has made the migrant crisis ‘significantly worse’ for the town.
Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz said he hopes the temporary restraining order will halt the buses.
If it doesn’t, he’s afraid the ongoing influx will simply overwhelm the city’s resources. On top of that, there’s the added concern of the pandemic, which hasn’t fully abated in the U.S.
Saenz added that he thinks Border Patrol is “doing the best they can,” but he suggests sending all these migrants to a town that’s “better prepared and equipped” to handle them.
The restraining order might also give the Mayor necessary time.
Saenz would be able to meet with federal officials to negotiate some sort of agreement, which could possibly solve the problem for Laredo.
But right now, it’s a serious issue: Laredo Border Patrol reported arrests of undocumented individuals were up 1,000% year-over-year last month. And the total number of encounters keeps rising.
If something isn’t done, things could start to break down in the town.
And that’s a constant concern of officials in border towns across the nation, which is why they continue to beg the Biden administration for help.
- City officials in Laredo Texas are suing Biden’s DHS to stop the busloads of migrants to the town.
- The number of daily busloads has doubled from 3 to 6, and the Mayor is worried it’ll overwhelm the city’s resources.
- A temporary restraining order would also give the Mayor time to nail down an agreement with the federal government.
Source: Fox News