Video obtained and leaked by the Daily Caller News Foundation purports to show “hundreds” of migrants huddled in McAllen, Texas’ Anzalduas Park, where temporary shelters have been set up to house individuals said to be infected with COVID-19.
According to the Daily Caller, the clip, which was reportedly provided to the outlet by an unnamed Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official, “shows the crowded conditions at the park, where migrants crowd under a large pavilion and move between several tan tents set up in the area.”
Take a look for yourself:
“Do not misplace your anger”
The video’s release comes weeks after the City of McAllen moved to create the temporary housing facilities in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Citing data provided by the city, the local ValleyCentral reports that “since mid-February of 2021, there have been over 7,000 confirmed COVID-19 positive immigrants released into the City of McAllen by CBP, including over 1,500 new cases” between July 28 and Aug. 4.
The city’s Republican mayor has also reportedly sought relief from the federal government.
“I know y’all are angry, and we get the calls, we get the texts and we get the emails,” McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos said earlier this month, according to ValleyCentral. “But please do not misplace your anger. It is not our commission that is responsible for this[;] they did what they had to do to protect each and every one of you.”
“Before it is too late”
The video also comes as the Biden administration continues to wrestle with a crisis at the southern border that has seen record numbers of migrants pouring into the country. According to the Daily Caller, more than 200,000 migrants crossed into the U.S. in the month of July alone, including almost 19,000 unaccompanied children.
They’re striking numbers, particularly amid a pandemic that’s killed more than 620,000 Americans, according to a tracker from The New York Times. Still, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris don’t seem to be jumping to do anything about it.
Their inaction has border state Republicans including Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich warning that if they don’t do something soon, it may be “too late.”
“Secretary Mayorkas, we have no higher calling as members of the executive branch — whether federal or state — to faithfully enforce the laws of our jurisdiction and to provide for the safety and security of our citizens,” Brnovich wrote to Biden’s Homeland Security chief in a recent letter shared by the Washington Examiner. “I call on your department to reverse course before it is too late for our nation.”