The small Texas border town of Eagle Pass declared a state of emergency on Wednesday amid a “severe” surge of illegal immigrants, predominantly single adult men, attempting to cross into the United States.
Eagle Pass Mayor Rolando Salinas, Jr. issued the emergency declaration “due to the severe undocumented immigrant surge” plaguing the city. The emergency order will continue for a seven-day period unless renewed by the city council.
“The state of disaster requires for certain emergency protective measures be taken pursuant to the Texas Disaster Act of 1975 relating to the Emergency Management and Public Health,” the order stated. “The declaration of the local state of disaster activates the City of Eagle Pass, Texas Emergency Plan. Additionally, it authorizes the City of Eagle Pass to seek aid and assistance under the declaration.”
It’s a total free for all in Eagle Pass right now. Mass illegal crossing taking place for over an hour and a half. Almost 2 years to the day we saw 15,000+ Haitians under the bridge in Del Rio, we now have thousands of predominantly Venezuelans gathering under Eagle Pass bridge. pic.twitter.com/VkfUQnexGZ— Bill Melugin (@BillMelugin_) September 20, 2023