Border Patrol union slams Biden border trip, says El Paso cleared ‘just in time’

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The Border Patrol union is criticizing President Biden’s visit to El Paso, Texas, on Sunday amid reports that state and local authorities have halted arrests and cleared many of the area’s migrant camps ahead of the trip. .

“El Paso is being cleaned up like nothing unusual ever happened there,” the National Border Patrol Council tweeted Friday. “Just in time for Mr. Biden’s border visit.”

“We suggest just landing in Des Moines, Iowa and telling him it’s El Paso. He won’t know the difference,” the union wrote.

The union’s tweet followed a report Thursday by El Paso Matters that said a “large crowd” of migrants were detained by Border Patrol agents overnight Wednesday in downtown El Paso. Subsequent reports by El Paso Matters and the New York Post said the Border Patrol and local police had increased patrols and arrests in El Paso ahead of Biden’s visit on Sunday.

Venezuelan and Nicaraguan migrants are moved by Border Patrol agents after crossing the Rio Grande into El Paso, Texas, December 27, 2022.

Venezuelan and Nicaraguan migrants are moved by Border Patrol agents after crossing the Rio Grande into El Paso, Texas, December 27, 2022.
(Herika Martinez/AFP via Getty Images)

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A video posted by NBC News showed Border Patrol agents patrolling outside a migrant shelter at Sacred Heart Church, where hundreds of migrants had been sleeping outside.

The Post reported that six buses full of mostly Venezuelan migrants left El Paso en route to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Saturday. A Border Patrol agent told the outlet that 200 migrants were sent back to Mexico on Saturday alone.

“El Paso clears downtown of sprawling migrant camps ahead of Biden visit,” tweeted Mayra Flores, R-Texas. “Why not show him what our border community and law enforcement officers deal with on a daily basis. “

Migrants wait to board a US government bus after crossing the border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to El Paso, Texas on Monday.

Migrants wait to board a US government bus after crossing the border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to El Paso, Texas on Monday.
(AP Photo/Christian Chavez, File)

Mr Biden, who will visit the border for the first time in his two years in office on Sunday afternoon, is expected to meet with local elected officials and community leaders, as he assesses operations at the border, which according to the White House.

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd told Fox News Digital last week that agents are “beyond frustrated” that the president has allowed the border crisis to fester as it has.

“He’s not coming to the end by himself,” Judd said. “He would have done that a long, long time ago.”

“Because now you have the Democrats, his constituency, his base, now they are upset, now you have Eric Adams, you have the governor of Colorado,” he continued. That’s the only reason it comes to an end. And it’s two years too late.”

President Joe Biden walks to address reporters as he and First Lady Jill Biden leave the White House on December 27, 2022.

President Joe Biden walks to address reporters as he and First Lady Jill Biden leave the White House on December 27, 2022.
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The White House directed a Fox News Digital investigation Sunday into the Department of Homeland Security, which said CBP was using “a tiered approach that included monitoring the border itself, areas near hand, and neighborhoods, and to maintain checkpoints – both stationary and temporary.”

“In response to migrants fleeing the El Paso area, the United States Border Patrol has increased the number of agents patrolling the area,” a DHS spokesperson said. that occurred in El Paso is down 70 percent since mid-December, which could be a reason.”

A CBP spokesperson told Fox News Digital that reports linking the arrest in El Paso to the president’s visit are false, and that the Border Patrol was “conducting increased patrols before announcing the President’s trip to El Paso.

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Before his visit on Sunday, Biden announced an expansion of the humanitarian parole program for Venezuelan nationals including Haitians, Cubans and Nicaraguans. That program allows 30,000 people per month from the four countries to enter the US for a period of two years as long as they have a financial sponsor and pass other conditions. Those attempting to enter illegally are disqualified from the program.

That expanded program will be combined with an expansion of Title 42 deportations to include those nationalities, allowing up to 30,000 of those who enter the U.S. illegally each month to return to Mexico quickly. In addition, the administration announced increased use of another removal authority – expedited removal – to remove those who do not claim asylum and cannot be deported under Title 42.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Peter Hasson contributed to this report.

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