The mayor of El Paso, Texas, Oscar Leeser, has expressed deep concern over the escalating number of migrants coming to the U.S. border. In a recent press briefing, Mayor Leeser, a Democrat, mentioned that the resources of El Paso are stretched thin, as the city is witnessing more than 2,000 migrants seeking asylum each day. This influx has exceeded the city’s shelter capacity.
“We’ve always been prepared for migrant inflow, but the numbers have surged much faster than expected,” Mayor Leeser remarked.
Notably, El Paso is among several cities in both Texas and California experiencing a high volume of primarily Venezuelan asylum-seekers, as per a Reuters article. Many of these migrants have undergone perilous journeys, often on buses and freight trains, to get to the U.S. boundary.
The mayor shared plans about opening another shelter. Moreover, El Paso recently arranged for five buses to transport migrants to cities like New York, Chicago, and Denver. These migrants are heading to destinations of their choice, many of whom do not have the means to travel there. Presently, the shelter system in El Paso can only accommodate 400 individuals and also caters to the local homeless community.
Mayor Leeser’s call for assistance mirrors that of another Democratic mayor in Texas. Rolando Salinas, the mayor of Eagle Pass, recently proclaimed a state of emergency when his city, which has a population of around 30,000, witnessed an inflow of 5,000 migrants from Piedras Negras, Mexico. Salinas voiced his disappointment with the Biden administration, citing a lack of support and communication.
Salinas stated, “We feel left behind. We’re seeking aid right on the border, and this situation is simply not tenable.”
Compared to the 350 to 400 migrants entering El Paso each day just a month and a half ago, the rise to over 2,000 daily is significant. This surge has necessitated collaborations between the city and the U.S. Border Patrol, jointly providing shelter to approximately 6,500 individuals over the past ten days.
Breaking down the demographics, Mayor Leeser mentioned that around two-thirds of the newcomers are single males, approximately 32% are families, and about 2% are unaccompanied minors.
Highlighting the recurring issues, Leeser stated, “Our immigration system is undoubtedly flawed. It’s a repeating cycle.”
When contacted for a statement, a representative from the White House communicated to Fox News Digital, stating that President Biden has been advocating for comprehensive immigration reform since assuming office. However, opposition from House Republicans has been a hurdle. The representative also emphasized the financial aid provided by the Biden administration for recent migrants and appealed to Congress for further assistance for affected communities.