Texas braces for the 'mother of all caravans': 1,000 state troopers and Texas Rangers deploy to the border as 3,000 migrants prepare to arrive in days
A unit of 1,000 state police officers and Texas Rangers assigned to monitor areas along the Lone Star State's 1,241 miles of border with Mexico is readying to guard against the next surge of migrants looking to defy President Joe Biden's administration.
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.
The state troopers and Rangers would be expected to do the same in the coming days, but with a smaller caravan of migrants predominantly led by Central Americans that is marching through southern Mexico toward the United States.
Organizers had initially said that the group, called 'Madre Caravana' or 'Mother Caravan,' would be formed by tens of thousands of migrants, according to BorderReport.com.
But now, about 3,000 migrants, including some 250 children, stopped along a highway in Huehuetán, 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 [DPS] 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 on 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.'
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) 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 would seek asylum under the Biden administration of, 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 and told 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 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 of this year, triple the amount that was reported during the same period in 2020.
The Institute of National Migration declined to comment when it was contacted by DailyMail.com on Monday.
Mexican 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 the Institute of National Migration condemned incidents of violence captured on video at the time.
U.S. Border Patrol reported 1,734,686 encounters with migrants for unlawfully crossing the United States-Mexico border during fiscal year 2021, according to the latest CBP monthly southwestern border report released last Friday.