With Another Potential Shutdown over Border Security in Sight, Texas Town Sends a Message to the Caravan

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With a potential government shutdown coming by the end of the week, a Texas border town is experiencing a flood of border security in preparation for a migrant caravan.

The city of Eagle Pass, Texas has no border fence but has a natural barrier of the Rio Grande River. After a group of nearly 2,000 migrants recently arrived at the Mexican city Piedras Negras, hundreds of additional border security personnel have been moved in preparation for potential attempts at crossing.

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According to Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber, the heightened security is to prove a point to immigrants who may illegally cross.

“To me, it’s like showing force. It would give a message to the immigrants that want to come illegally through Texas that Texas is always prepared and have a lot of manpower at the border — that they would go to another state,” said Schmerber to the Washington Examiner.

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Yet a CNN report claims that processing the migrants legally is extremely slow, with only 20 being processed per day. Due to this hold-up mixed with potential violence against migrants, the Texas Department of Public Safety sent added security to ensure the city’s safety.

When asked about how long the extra workers will be there for, Schmerber had no definite answer.

“We don’t have a date, number, a month or whatever,” Schmerber said.

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