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Just days after President Donald Trump made border security a key plank of his State of the Union address, a tense confrontation between U.S. authorities and Central American migrants is heating up in Texas.
In the border town of Eagle Pass, Texas, officials are anticipating a surge of migrants — and thousands of those aliens may be attempting to enter the United States without permission in the next few days.
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“The migrants, about 1,800 of them, are being housed by the Mexican government across the Rio Grande in Piedras Negras,” CNN reported on Friday.
“The Central American immigrants want to come to the United States but US authorities are telling them to stay in Mexico while they wait through the process of seeking asylum,” the outlet continued.
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Waiting for their asylum claims to be looked at by already-swamped officials may be the smart choice, but recent events have revealed that many of the migrants have other plans.
In anticipation of a mass rush through the border — similar to what happened near Tijuana not long ago — Texas law enforcement officials are taking no chances.
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“In preparation for the migrants’ arrivals, the Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, sent 500 officers from the department of public safety to Eagle Pass,” CNN stated.
Sure enough, photos and video published by that news source and several others show police vehicles lining the banks on the U.S. side of the famous Rio Grande waterway. Border Patrol boats could be seen patrolling the river, which is routinely breached by drug smugglers and illegal immigrants.
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“As part of our border security plan, we keep DPS on the border with boats & planes. They work with local & federal authorities to enforce the law,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott posted on Twitter.
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