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Texas border clash: Migrants overcome guards, break through security barrier

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NEW DELHI: On Thursday, in El Paso, Texas, a substantial number of migrants bypassed security measures and clashed with the border guards during a tense situation, coinciding with legal disputes surrounding Texas’s strict immigration policies.
The New York Post captured footage showing a large group of adult males dismantling the state-installed razor wire barriers and overwhelming Texas National Guardsmen before heading toward a segment of the border wall, ultimately being stopped from advancing further.
According to a Texas law enforcement official, the group consisted of over 300 migrants, with around 100 adult males directly engaging with the soldiers, resulting in the arrest of one individual for assaulting a soldier. The conflict erupted following the admission of a family unit through the border, with additional arrests anticipated for property damage and assault.
A Texas National Guardsman was recorded in the video, exclaiming, “Get the f— back!” to the migrants from the other side of the barrier.
Brandon Judd, President of the National Border Patrol Council, informed Fox News Digital that all migrants involved have been detained. The authorities are reviewing footage to identify individuals who attacked the soldiers. While the detainees will be processed for deportation, they retain the right to seek asylum. Moreover, Texas has the authority to prosecute the migrants responsible for assaulting the guards.
This incident underscores the ongoing challenges at the border, which have been exacerbated by the highest migrant encounters in recent years, with over 2.4 million in FY 23. Although there has been a decline from the December peak of 302,000, there is concern that numbers may rise again with the approaching summer.
Texas has enacted several border security measures, often clashing with the Biden administration. The use of razor wire has led to federal intervention and subsequent litigation. Furthermore, the administration has challenged Texas’s strategy of deploying buoys in the Rio Grande.
Recent judicial developments saw the Supreme Court temporarily reinstating Texas’s controversial immigration law, designed to allow police to detain migrants. However, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the law again, pending further legal examination.
The Biden administration contends that the Texas law infringes on federal immigration enforcement prerogatives. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre criticized the legislation, stating, “S.B. 4 will not only make communities in Texas less safe, it will also burden law enforcement, and sow chaos and confusion at our southern border. S.B. 4 is just another example of Republican officials politicizing the border while blocking real solutions.”
Texas officials argue the necessity of their actions due to perceived federal inaction in securing the border and managing undocumented immigrants. Governor Greg Abbott emphasized the dire circumstances and accused President Joe Biden of breaching US laws.
The incident in El Paso has reignited debates in Washington, DC, regarding border management solutions. The Biden administration advocates for increased funding, resources, and legislative reforms to fix the “broken” system, urging Congress to pass a bipartisan Senate bill. Conversely, Republicans believe that reinstating policies from the Trump era, such as “Remain-in-Mexico” and continuing the border wall construction, could stabilize the situation.
Senator Tim Scott, R-S-C, commented on the event, saying, “Just in case people are unsure, this is what an invasion looks like.”

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