President Joe Biden has not publicly acknowledged that a wave of immigrants overwhelming the southern border constitutes a “crisis,” but communities across the nation are feeling the impact of his policies.
As one notable example, Midland, Texas, was recently taken by surprise when federal authorities opened a holding facility for teenage migrants without prior notice, Breitbart reported.
Video footage released by one local news outlet showed the migrants being loaded off buses in the middle of the night.
Mayor left in the dark
The images provide a remarkable representation of the Biden administration’s immigration orders in practice and an ongoing effort to provide shelter for a growing number of unaccompanied minors and other undocumented migrants illegally entering the U.S.
Migrants seen in the video being escorted from the buses were reportedly detained after attempting to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico.
For his part, Mayor Patrick Payton said he had been in the dark about the situation, insisting that federal agents simply told him they would “circle” to him with information. He has expressed outrage over the “abusive” and “disrespectful” lack of consideration being shown to local governments by federal border agencies.
“It is utter chaos and I don’t think I’m exaggerating on this but they are coming over by the thousands, literally by the thousands,” Payton added, according to reports.
“This is a complete tragedy”
The mayor noted that he has not been told how long the teenage migrants will be housed in his city.
In a statement on the matter, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) affirmed that the facility was opened on Sunday as a “temporary” measure to provide migrant children with less crowded quarters until their cases can be processed.
Biden has faced criticism of his own for what many pundits describe as a self-inflicted crisis caused by his campaign’s lofty promises of lax border enforcement as well as evidence that some migrants being released into U.S. communities have tested positive for COVID-19.
Payton was clear in his assessment of the situation, declaring: “This is a complete tragedy. This is a complete overreach and a complete abuse of our community. Fortunately, we don’t have it as bad as Dallas does.”