WASHINGTON – In a televised Rose Garden announcement, President Trump declared a national emergency for his $5.7 billion wall along the southern border. By signing a proclamation declaring a national emergency Trump will have access to billions of dollars in funds. The government will also remain open as he accepted a $1.4 billion funding package.
Mainstream media outlets such as CNN and MSNBC used today’s televised announcement to reiterated there is no need for border security, including the wall.
However, along the border communities have a different sense of reality.
This week, “The U.S. Border Patrol reported the highest single-day apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley since 2014.”
McAllen, which neighbors Reynosa, Mexico, has become a talking point for news outlets for its decrease in crime over the last few years. But neighboring border towns such as Mission, Donna, Palmview, Elsa, Weslaco and Alamo have first-hand accounts of immigration traffic, and are never mentioned by mainstream media. According to the FBI Donna is the third most violent city in Texas, while Elsa is eighth, Alamo is No. 24, and Palmview is No. 26.
This week, border patrol agents in Eagle Pass were overwhelmed when a migrant caravan arrived with 1,800 individuals. Eagle Pass border agents continued to work well into the night on February 14, when a group of eight migrants became stranded on a small island in the Rio Grande River. Just hours later, border patrol risked their lives to save a group of six migrants who got caught in the strong current and high-water levels, and a [separate] third group crossing the river at the 3:40 pm mark required border patrol assistance.
Southern Texas continued to see a large number of illegal immigrants at the ports of entry this week. In Abram – a small border community in Hidalgo County – a group of more than 100 migrants were apprehended by border patrol.
The funds Trump has been fighting Congress for consists of constructing some 200 miles of border wall, much of that will go in South Texas. In particular, these border towns will see the direct results of having additional border security measures put in place.