The border town of El Paso, Texas, reports a spike in crime that correlates with President Joe Biden’s open border policies. The scope of the problem has led city council members to ask the mayor to declare a state of emergency.
Fox News reports that “the White House is pressuring El Paso … officials not to declare a state of emergency,” even in the “face of mass illegal immigration.”
According to the New York Post, White House officials spoke to Democratic Mayor Oscar Leeser — urging him not to highlight the immigration issue by declaring a state of emergency.
In a private conversation between Mayor Leeser and City Councilmember Claudia Rodriguez, Leeser reportedly said, “the White House asked him not to.”
Immigration-related issues continue to mount in El Paso, leading at least three city council members to urge the mayor to make the declaration. With car thefts up 48% and overall crime 6% in recent months and infrastructure services being overwhelmed, many have expected Leeser to declare a state of emergency for the past several weeks.
On Monday, the Biden administration announced a new “combined border operation” with Mexico, promising more checkpoints and additional resources to address immigrant-related needs.
After several Biden administration officials announced “the border was secure,” El Paso launched a “migrant data dashboard” that details how many immigrants are crossing the border and how that impacts the historic town.
People can access the Migrant Situational Awareness Dashboard via the city’s website.
Dashboard data shows that approximately 1,700 illegal immigrants were released by federal authorities into the city each week during the summer. Last week, that number grew to 6,800.
El Paso City Council members argue that the city simply does not have the resources to meet the food, shelter, medical and educational needs of the surge of immigrants to their city — particularly when there is no cap or end in sight.
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