A month has passed since Texas state law enforcement agents played a role in preventing some 15,000 migrants – mostly Haitians – from crossing the United States-Mexico border. It now seems they could possibly be expected to do the same, but will a smaller caravan of migrants predominantly led by Central Americans that is headed toward the southwestern border.
As part of Operation Lone Star, the Texas Department of Public Safety has 1,000 state police officers and Texas Rangers assigned to monitor some areas within the 1,241 miles of border land it shares with Mexico.
According to BorderReport.com, organizers had initially said that the group, called ‘Madre Caravana’ or ‘Mother Caravana’ would be formed by tens of thousands of migrants.
However, about 3,000 migrants, including some 250 children, stopped along a highway in Huehuetan, a city in the southern state of Chiapas on Monday, as the weather topped 89 degrees, but really felt like 99 due to the humidity.
‘The Texas Department of Public Safety is committed to securing our southern border under the direction of Texas Governor Greg Abbott and has deployed around one-thousand Troopers, Special Agents and Texas Rangers as part of Operation Lone Star (OLS),’ a spokesperson told DailyMail.com via a statement Monday. ‘While the department does not discuss operational specifics, we continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds in order to make real-time decisions and will adjust operations as necessary.’
Migrants from Africa, Central America, Haiti and South American walk on a highway in Huehuetán, Mexico, on Monday. Nearly 3,000 people are traveling to Mexico City where they plan to demand documents that would allow them to move freely in the country as part of their plan to reach the border with the United States
A migrant carries a child while resting at a park Sunday in Huehuetán, a city in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas. Some 3,000 migrants, including 250 children, have been traveling by foot since Saturday in hopes of reaching Mexico City to obtain legal documents that will allow them to move freely in the country
Migrants bathe in the middle of a street in Huehuetán, Chiapas, on Sunday
A CBP spokesperson told DailyMail.com that the agency ‘plans for all possible scenarios based off information on the operations of smugglers or movements of migrants. Our posture and response are based on comprehensive analysis, and not on any single report. CBP stands ready to address any potential increase in migrant encounters as we work to ensure safety and security of our borders, while managing a fair and orderly immigration system.’
The caravan initially drew its members by distributing a QR code via text message October 15.
The migrants, who seek asylum from the administration of President Joe Biden, started their journey by foot Saturday when they took off from the town of Tapachula across from Guatemala’s border. Many clashed with hundreds of law enforcement officers in riot gear who were unsuccessful in attempting to block their path.
A Salvadoran migrant interviewed by Fox News defied the United States stance on securing its borders from unlawful migration by telling the network, ‘Tell Biden we are coming.’
The group’s plan is to reach Mexico City and demand that the Institute of National Migration speed up the process in providing the legal document that is necessary for the migrants to move freely in the country.
Mexican National Guard prepare to form a barricade to stop migrants from traveling along a highway in Chiapas before a clash on Saturday
A man holds a wooden cross with other migrants from Central America, South America, Africa and Haiti as they walk on a highway in a caravan heading to Mexico City to apply for asylum and refugee status, in Huehuetán, Mexico, on Monday
Mexican television network Foro TV said the group also consists of South American, Haitian and African migrants who have spent the last eight months stuck in Chiapas and waiting for the Mexican government to approve their travel documents.
At least 147,000 undocumented migrants were registered in southern Mexico between January and August, triple the amount that was reported during the same period last year.
The Institute of National Migration declined to comment when it was contacted by DailyMail.com on Monday.
Migrant families rest at a park in Huehuetán, Chiapas, on Sunday after they took a break in their trek from southern Mexico to Mexico City
A woman carries her son as a group of migrants traveled by foot Monday in Huehuetán, a city in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas
Migrants from Central America, South America, Africa and Haiti walk together on a highway in Huehuetán, Mexico, on Monday. The group is reportedly made up of around 3,000 people who are on their way to Mexico City to demand that the government provide them documents that will allow them to move legally in the country so that they can make it to the border with the U.S.
Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard slammed smugglers and organizers during a press conference Monday, accusing them of misleading migrants into believing the United States would simply allow them to freely cross the border.
‘We will act with caution, with care for the law and human rights,’ Ebrard said. ‘But we do want to say that they are deceiving people because it is not true that they are going to let them pass to the United States.’
Some migrants who attempted to leave Tapachula in September to head north were subject to brutal treatment by Mexican officials, and tInstitute of National Migration condemned incidents of violence captured on video.
According to the latest CBP monthly southwestern border report released last Friday, U.S. Border Patrol reported 1,734,686 encounters with migrants for unlawfully crossing the United States-Mexico border during fiscal year 2021.