published : 2023-09-24

Texas Mayor Warns of Breaking Point as Border Crisis Escalates

El Paso Overwhelmed by Over 2,000 Arriving Migrants per Day

Texas Mayor Oscar Leeser addressing the media about the breaking point El Paso has reached in the border crisis. (Photo taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

The city of El Paso is facing a dire situation as the number of migrants crossing the U.S. border continues to surge.

El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, a Democrat, declared that the city has reached its breaking point.

With over 2,000 migrants arriving daily and seeking asylum, El Paso's resources are strained to the limit, and there is no longer enough shelter space available.

Mayor Leeser expressed concern about the unprecedented escalation of numbers, which has caught the city off guard.

Reuters reports that not only is El Paso feeling the strain, but several other border cities in Texas and California are also experiencing a surge in asylum seekers, many of them taking dangerous routes to reach the U.S. border.

In response to the crisis, El Paso plans to open a new shelter and has chartered buses to transport migrants to other cities, such as New York, Chicago, and Denver.

A group of migrants seeking asylum at the U.S. border in El Paso. (Photo taken with a Nikon D850)

However, with limited shelter capacity and the need to serve the city's homeless population as well, finding sustainable solutions remains a challenge.

As the surge in arrivals continues, El Paso is working closely with the U.S. Border Patrol to provide temporary shelter to the increasing number of migrants.

The situation has drastically changed from just six weeks ago, when El Paso was receiving only around 350 to 400 migrants daily.

Now, two-thirds of those arriving are single men, while 32% are families, and approximately 2% are unaccompanied children.

Mayor Leeser emphasized the need to address the broken immigration system, which has been an ongoing issue without resolution.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the White House have not yet provided official statements on the matter.

Mayor Leeser discussing the surge in Venezuelan asylum seekers and the strain on resources in El Paso. (Photo taken with a Sony Alpha a7 III)

President Biden has consistently called for comprehensive immigration reform, but opposition and political disputes have hindered progress in Congress.

Despite the challenges, the administration has allocated significant financial support for newly arrived migrants and continues to request further funding for shelter and services.

The situation at the border remains a pressing concern, and the community is urged to rally behind comprehensive immigration reform.

This ongoing crisis demands immediate attention to protect the welfare of both the migrants and the cities affected.