The Democrat mayor of El Paso, Texas has sent five buses of illegal border crossers to so-called “sanctuary cities” across America.
Mayor Oscar Leeser said his city is now at “breaking point” as 2,000 illegal aliens cross the open Southern Border into El Paso every single day.
The mayor says his city is now opening a new taxpayer-funded shelter to house the illegal aliens but it won’t even come close to dealing with the issue.
“The city of El Paso only has so many resources and we have come to… a breaking point right now,” Leeser said during a press conference on Saturday.
“So, this is something that we’ve been prepared for, but these numbers have really escalated a lot quicker than we ever anticipated,” he added.
The city is just one of several border cities in Texas and California facing a surge in mostly Venezuelan “asylum seekers,” according to a Reuters report.
According to border officials, the vast majority of illegal border crossers are military-age men.
Thousands of migrants have been traveling through Mexico to reach the open U.S. border on packed buses and cargo trains.
To cope with the influx, Leeser said El Paso has chartered five buses to move illegal aliens to “sanctuary cities” such as New York, Chicago, and Denver.
The mayor said the migrants were being moved to the city of their choice.
Leeser said he’s been forced to bus illegals to Democrat utopias because El Paso’s shelter capacity currently can only host 400 people and also has to serve the city’s homeless population.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has had nearly 2,000 migrant encounters daily in El Paso over the past few days, city data shows.
Meanwhile, in Ciudad Juarez, which is opposite El Paso in Mexico, hundreds of migrants crossed the Rio Grande River and waited in a line to be processed by U.S. officials, according to Reuters.
The surge in migrants has exhausted several services and resources along the border.
The influx prompted Eagle Pass to sign an emergency declaration last Tuesday for funding for more resources.
Rail operator Union Pacific has also said it has been forced to halt service to Mexico.
Meanwhile, Texas Governor Greg Abbott warns that his migrant buses will not stop.
A press release from the governor’s office explained his actions:
“President Biden’s continued refusal to secure our border invites thousands of illegal crossings into Texas and our nation each day,” said Gov. Abbott.
“Texas communities like Eagle Pass and El Paso should not have to shoulder the unprecedented surge of illegal immigration caused by President Biden’s reckless open border policies.
“I have directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management to deploy additional buses to send these migrants to self-declared sanctuary cities and provide much-needed relief to our overrun border towns.
“Until President Biden upholds his constitutional duty to secure America’s southern border, Texas will continue to deploy as many buses as needed to relieve the strain caused by the surge of illegal crossings.”
The buses in El Paso and Eagle Pass are being activated in addition to the ongoing state bus operations in Brownsville, Del Rio, Laredo, and McAllen.