Hundreds of migrants Congo and Angola were transported to San Antonio on Tuesday, and city officials say they received no warning from the feds that they were coming.
KENS published a story showing dozens of people milling around downtown, saying they arrived at the southern U.S. border by way of Ecuador.
For those of you following along on the Congolese migrant influx in San Antonio, this is what made air on Thursday. A lengthier write-up including the struggles Catholic Charities is facing can be found here: https://t.co/MRIGBQuntl@KENS5 #kens5eyewitness pic.twitter.com/nJeC215LQv
— Jaleesa Irizarry (@JaleesaReports) June 6, 2019
All told, 350 Africans arrived this week.
City officials say CBP told them another 200-300 will be arriving later.
One migrant told reporter Jaleesa Irizarry via Google translate that he came to America “for security reasons” and once he made it, “with the help of the USA, I can get it back,” referring to his family that stayed behind.
A local church is putting the group up for the weekend, but no one is sure where they’ll go from there. Locals are desperate for French translators who can communicate with the migrants. The city says the plan is to send them from San Antonio to Portland, Maine.
A video from CBP shot last week shows group of illegals from Angola, Cameroon and Congo waded across the Rio Grande River and into the United States.
Male and female adults can be seen walking through the water and into Texas, several with children on their shoulders.
U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Del Rio Sector apprehended a large group of 116 individuals—from Angola, Cameroon and Congo—after they illegally crossed the Rio Grande River into the U.S. on Thursday: https://t.co/5VsJsD4nPF pic.twitter.com/HWGyVtzEC6
— CBP (@CBP) May 31, 2019
The attempted invasion occurred on Thursday, according to the agency.
The river — or “natural barrier” — was so shallow, the surface didn’t reach the adults’ waists.
The White House tweeted additional video:
Last night, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 100 illegal aliens from Congo, Angola, and Cameroon near the U.S.–Mexico border.
Our southern border is now a magnet for illegal immigration from all over the world. It's time for Democrats to help close the loopholes! pic.twitter.com/lxe7qqQiNj
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 31, 2019
According to CBP, it’s the first large group from Africa to try to breach the U.S. border via Mexico.
“Large groups present a unique challenge for the men and women of the Del Rio Sector,” Chief Raul Ortiz said in a news release. “This large group from Africa further demonstrates the complexity and severity of the border security and humanitarian crisis at our Southwest border.”
“This is the first large group apprehended in the Del Rio Sector and the first large group of people from Africa – including nationals from Angola, Cameroon and Congo – apprehended on the Southwest border this year,” according to CBP.
There were 116 in the group, the agency says.