The monthly report from the Texas Border Security Operations Center (TBSOC) shows alarming numbers of illegal aliens (IAs) crossing the border at the five sectors being documented.
Year-to-Date, a total of 1,057,702 IAs crossed the Texas/Mexico border. 797,504 of them were “Other than Mexicans” or (OTMS). In Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, 113,716 of those were unaccompanied minors (UACs). There were 31,827 in 2017. The numbers in 2021 represent a 67 percent increase in UACs when compared to 2017.
The TBSOC reports are labeled “law enforcement sensitive” and are issued weekly to law enforcement and government officials. The public, however, is uninformed about the activity in the respective sectors. According to an exclusive by Epoch Times, the reports “emanate from the Border Security Operations Center, run by the Texas Rangers, which collates information from Border Patrol, as well as state law enforcement and participating local law enforcement.”
Stunning statistics emerge with a historical look at the border in these sectors. For example, a comparison of the October 2021 crossings with all IA crossings detected from January 2012 through October 2021 shows a 60 percent increase in October alone as compared to the nine-year total (2012-2021). Likewise, the drugs and firearms seized show equally alarming statistics when analyzed historically.
The increase in illegal activity at the Texas border between October 2020 and October 2021 also shows a 64% increase in illegal border crossings.
Ranchers bear the brunt of much of the illegal activity. The report shows numerous instances of IAs driving vehicles onto rancher properties and abandoning them as border protection agents attempt to apprehend them. Gruesome skeletal remains are often found on ranchers’ properties, as are Santa Muerte shrines in homes—one of the “narco Saints.” Some of the shrines are grotesquely assembled with human remains.
The Epoch Times wrote on the “scope” of the crisis with weekly reports obtained from the TBOC. The weekly reports show how the publicly available monthly report breaks down. For example, in the last week of October alone (Oct. 27- Nov. 2):
“22,651 illegal aliens from 40 countries were apprehended in Texas near the U.S.–Mexico border. Law enforcement arrested 48 fugitives and 13 gang members. In addition, more than 4,000 pounds of marijuana, 669 pounds of methamphetamine, and 87 pounds of cocaine were seized. Also confiscated were 27 handguns, three long guns, and more than $188,000 in cash. In the past six months, three separate currency seizures each exceeded $1.5 million.”
“In the reported week, apprehensions included 57 illegal immigrants from Turkey, 36 from Romania, 26 from Senegal, 14 from Eritrea, 8 from China, and 3 from Uzbekistan.”
The U.S. State Department lists four countries as “state sponsors of terrorism”—Cuba, North Korea, Iran, and Syria. In the week cited above, 610 Cubans entered Texas and 510 the prior week.
The criminal activity at the border is significant and dangerous. Per the Epoch Times, one reported incident shows “the Mexican army arrested three kidnappers from the Gulf cartel who were holding 25 people in southeast Matamoros, the Mexican city across the border from Brownsville, Texas.” There were also numerous apprehensions of human smugglers, gang members, and convicted felons—many of those are drug cartel members.
While the Biden administration has been notoriously weak with regard to control of border crossings, there does seem to be a glimmer of hope, according to some compelling information coming out of the Center for Immigration studies. U.S. Homeland Secretary Mayorkas quietly visited the border in mid-August because of the unprecedented numbers of IAs apprehended at the border in July—212,672 people. Of those, 95,788 individuals were expelled, according to kvia.com. During the Brownsville visit, he referenced his department’s plans to deport those arriving illegally because of July’s unprecedented number of crossings. KVIA writes about the “crackdown”:
“The administration has taken a series of actions to crack down on the flow of migrants to the US southern border. In recent weeks, the Department of Homeland Security has surged resources and personnel to the Rio Grande Valley, which has been overwhelmed by the number of arrivals, deploying Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to assist Border Patrol, bolstering medical staff, resuming a fast-track deportation procedure for migrant families and setting up flights to send people to other border sectors for processing.”
In August of 2021, the Associated Press reported:
“The U.S. government has intermittently flown Mexicans deep into Mexico for years to discourage repeat attempts, but flights that began last week from Brownsville, Texas, to Villahermosa and Tapachula, near the Guatemalan border, appear to be the first time that Central Americans have been flown to Mexico.
“Flights of Central Americans to southern Mexico 24 times a month, with hopes of ramping up, according to a U.S. official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.”
Senior National Security Fellow Todd Bensman of the Center for Immigration Studies seems to confirm the policy of deportation. He says that the current administration may well be deporting some Central American families by air with little fanfare or public awareness of a policy change. Bensman writes from McAllen, Texas:
“At this city’s main airport and others in South Texas, President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security is carrying out secretive and escalating air deportations of tens of thousands of migrant border-crossers, a high percentage of them evidently Central American women and children who were supposed to be protected from deportation and, more recently, Haitians.”
The removals, Bensman says, “happen to coincide with a third consecutive monthly decline in migrant border encounters in October (by a significant 30,000 drop from the September number) after skyrocketing every month from Biden’s election until the flights began.”
A video report detailing the deportations can be heard below:
For the sake of comparison, the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) from ICE for FY2020 is available here. In FY 2020, ICE ERO conducted 103,603 administrative arrests and 185,884 removals.