Migrants didn’t try to cross US border under strict Trump policies

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Migrants didn't try to cross US border under strict Trump policies

As the United States has seen record numbers of migrants crossing the border under the Biden administration, some migrants are saying they “didn’t even want to try” entering the US while former President Donald Trump was in office, citing his strict immigration policies. 

Several migrants who illegally crossed into Yuma, Ariz., spoke this week with Daily Caller field reporter Jorge Ventura, who asked them if they’ve found it easier to cross now that President Biden is in office. 

“First of all, he does not separate families,” one Colombian migrant said, according to a translation. “Second, one can wait less, when before it was six months. Now it goes by faster to wait under asylum.” 

A second Colombian migrant told Ventura that he is “obviously happy” Biden changed some of Trump’s immigration policies because it “gives the chance for new people to grow, study, be something, be somebody in life because that’s what we’re looking for.” 

Ventura pressed the migrants further, asking why they didn’t want to cross into the US during the last administration. 

According to several migrants, no one attempted to enter the US illegally while Donald Trump was president because of his harsh immigration policies.
According to several migrants, no one attempted to enter the US illegally while Donald Trump was president because of his harsh immigration policies.
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“No, I didn’t even want to try it,” one of the migrants said, citing strict immigration policies and police. “Not even think about it.”

The Daily Caller reporter later spoke with several Nicaraguan migrants who also reportedly crossed illegally into Yuma who shared similar thoughts, saying it is easier to come to the US under Biden than Trump. 

“Because he’s giving us immigration opportunities,” one migrant said. “He’s not selfish like President Trump because that man … he’s too bad and very racist, and we need a society that supports each other and not one that criticizes us because we are all the same.” 

US officials estimate that at one time, there were nearly 15,000 migrants at the Del Rio camp near the Rio Grande River.
US officials estimate that at one time, there were nearly 15,000 migrants at the Del Rio camp near the Rio Grande River.
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The migrant soon after offered her thanks to Biden for “supporting” them. 

“We thank him very much because he’s supporting us. God bless him,” she said through a translator. 

The Biden administration has faced bipartisan backlash over the massive amounts of migrants illegally crossing into the US at the southern border.

A Texas National Guard member illuminates a path as migrants cross over to the US.
A Texas National Guard member illuminates a path as migrants cross over to the US.
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Just last month, some estimates say Del Rio, Texas, saw nearly 15,000 migrants camped under the Del Rio International Bridge at one time, after thousands, many of whom were Haitian, crossed the Rio Grande. 

Local and state officials urged the administration for assistance, citing a lack of manpower among Border Patrol officials and security concerns. 

On Monday, reports emerged that the border remains “open,” despite administration officials publicly stating the opposite. 

Several migrants detained by US border patrol after crossing into the US illegally.
Several migrants were detained by US Border Patrol after crossing into the US illegally.
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The Washington Examiner reported that 11 National Guard soldiers make up the only law enforcement presence from outside Texas in the Rio Grande Valley — down from nearly 200 military and police mere months ago.

“We used to have a National Guard [soldier] posted there,” Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera told the outlet while driving along the border near Hidalgo, Texas. “There was another one right over here. But they took that guy, too.”

While the administration has stressed that it is apprehending and deporting as many migrants as it can under Title 42, a September memo from the Department of Homeland Security claimed the government does not have the resources to apprehend every person who has entered the US unlawfully.

Many migrants have said they are thankful to Joe Biden who, unlike Donald Trump did not separate them from their families after they crossed the border.
Many migrants have said they are thankful to Joe Biden, who, unlike Donald Trump, did not separate them from their families after they crossed the border.
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“The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen … should not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them,” read the seven-page memo from Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. 

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