Illegal crossings into Eagle Pass, Texas, have substantially declined amid a crackdown by Mexican authorities in the state of Coahuila.
Border Hawk correspondent Efraín González visited a nearly-empty shelter in the border city of Piedras Negras through which tens of thousands of migrants were funneling just weeks ago.
Now, only around 100 migrants can be found at the shelter at any given time, with most preparing to present themselves at a port of entry on the international bridge with an appointment arranged via the CBP One app.
Migrants at the shelter are hesitant to leave its confines until their designated crossing times as Mexican authorities have been aggressively patrolling the immediate area and even flying illegals back to southern Mexico or their homelands — likely as part of a deal struck by the Biden and AMLO administrations at the end of 2023.
Groups of migrants are still crossing illegally into Texas via Coahuila, but many are now being forced to do so at remote points along the Rio Grande — and at far higher cost, as corrupt authorities have raised extortionate fees from around $50 to more than $1,500 per person.
It is unclear how long the clampdown will continue or why it wasn’t implemented long ago, but Border Hawk will be monitoring the situation on the ground as it develops.
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