“We’ve received unconfirmed reports that some buses have left with illegal aliens headed for California,” said Shawn Moran, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council.
On Monday it was reported flights loaded with an estimated 300 migrant Central American children were cancelled. Moran said he did not have any information on exactly where the buses are going or when they’re expected to arrive.
U.S. Customs Border & Protection said it had no new information of the buses, but released a statement saying further arrangements are being made to transport the immigrants to other sectors in Texas as well as San Diego and El Centro in California.
Meantime, about two dozen of San Diego’s border patrol agents are headed to Texas to help agents with the immigration crisis at their border.
“We’re seeing just an uncontrolled illegal immigration coming across the Rio Grande Valley,” said Moran.
A total of about 100 agents from around the nation are providing assistance.
Moran said the migrants are from Mexico and Central America seeking a better life in the U.S.
“They’re coming here because they have heard we are releasing people and there are no consequences for illegal immigration,” said Moran.
Moran said the focus of the mass crossings have been in the southwest, but there is concern it could shift to San Diego.
“If we were to see those numbers here in SD we might have a little better control of it, but I don’t think control would last for very long,” said Moran.
He added cartel members are using the mass crossings as a diversion tactic.
“They’re making sure that everybody that comes across the border surrenders to border patrol agents away from the port of entry because then it further ties up our agents,” said Moran. “Then they can further move their drugs, weapons and the people they really want to get across the border. They can almost do it unencumbered.”
CBP said once the migrants are processed, they will be handed over the Immigration & Customs Enforcement.
“What we’ve seen is most of the time they are released and given a notice to appear for an immigration hearing,” said Moran. “Then they never show up and disappear.”