Nearly 26,000 migrants were apprehended by Texas-area Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents in under a week, a Monday report states.
The figure is the total number of arrests across five regions of the US-Mexico border within the six-day period ending on July 9, according to documents reviewed by Breitbart
It comes amid a statewide crackdown on undocumented immigrants being led by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Last week the Republican official signed an executive order directing the Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety to arrest migrants and return them to the border.
He and other GOP politicians have piled blame onto the Biden administration for failing to secure the southwestern border, as a record surge in asylum-seekers – as recently as in May – threatens to buckle the government’s immigration infrastructure.
State and local governments on the border, as well as humanitarian groups there, have been calling on the White House to mount a stronger federal response and warning their own resources are being stretched to the breaking point.
Of the 26,000 migrants apprehended, according to Monday’s report, 10,000 were in the Texas border town of Eagle Pass.
The Del Rio border sector saw the largest share, with 12,000 migrants being apprehended by border agents there.
The Rio Grande Valley reportedly falls in second, with the remaining three being the El Paso, Laredo, and Big Bend sectors.
The majority of the 26,000 migrants who were apprehended in these five sectors were arrested in Del Rio
It comes as Texas Governor Greg Abbott directed state authorities to crack down on the surge in migrants coming to his state
The six-day total arrested in the five sectors is more than half the total 40,000 estimated to have been apprehended across the entire southwestern border.
About 70 percent of those apprehended were reportedly single adults.
And despite a judge stopping President Biden from lifting the COVID-19 pandemic-era expulsion policy Title 42, his administration has dragged its feet on enforcing the measure – 65 percent of the 26,000 migrants managed to avoid being deported under the health rule.
Meanwhile, Biden’s ‘border czar,’ Vice President Kamala Harris, attacked Abbott in a Sunday television interview over his executive order tapping state officers for migrant arrests.
She also hit back at Abbott’s accusations that the White House is responsible for the migrant crisis, suggesting he ‘focus on solutions’ rather than criticize the administration.
‘I would suggest that so-called leaders focus on solutions instead of attacks if they really are concerned about a problem, and that includes on the issue of immigration,’ Harris said on CBS News’ Face The Nation.
In a direct jab at Donald Trump, she said the previous presidential administration created ‘a badly broken’ immigration system.
Asylum-seeking migrants cross the border to turn themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents to request asylum in El Paso, Texas, U.S., as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico July 8
Jeremy, 8, a migrant boy from Honduras, crosses the border unaccompanied to turn himself in to U.S. Border Patrol agents to request asylum in El Paso, Texas on July 8
Meanwhile, Harris herself has done little in recent months that comes under her purview of solving illegal immigration.
The vice president maintained that solutions to the immigration crisis would include ‘passing a pathway for citizenship,’ a long-held goal for Democrats
‘So that we can have a humane and appropriate approach to this issue, including of course, what we will continue to do in terms of prioritizing border security, but understanding we also need to create a pathway,’ Harris said on Sunday.
‘And that’s where I think everyone should be focused if they’re actually concerned about solutions, instead of flame throwing.’
Abbott’s order comes against the backdrop of a new record surge in asylum-seekers at the southern border, and days after the Supreme Court ruled Biden could get rid of the controversial Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols, nicknamed the ‘Remain In Mexico’ policy.
The rule, which forced migrants coming from other parts of Central or South America to wait for their asylum claims to be processed in Mexico, caused a humanitarian outcry over the squalid, crime-ridden conditions in some migrant camps.
CBP recorded 239,416 migrant encounters in May.