Moment of immigrant family in wheelchairs crossing the Rio Grande and being intercepted by border patrol

A family – including a special needs daughter and a woman in a wheelchair – was stopped when they attempted to cross the Rio Grande early Thursday, a sign of towering border crossings as states face record numbers of migrants.

The family crossed the road just after midnight in 30-degree weather, according to Chief Guard Officer Jason D. Owens of the Del Rio sector, which spans the 245-mile border along the Rio Grande River and Lake Amistad.

“Never a dull moment…” Owens said, over photos of the family at the border and in what looks like a Border Patrol station and… “What could go wrong?”

It is unclear if the family was held or where they spent the rest of the day. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com.

President Donald Trump’s “Stay in Mexico” policy — which requires immigrants in Mexico to wait while their asylum applications are processed — is still in effect. President Joe Biden ended the policy in June, but it was reinstated last month after Republican officials in Texas and Missouri sued the government in federal court.

A family with a special needs daughter and a woman in a wheelchair crossed the US via the Rio Grande early Thursday morning in 30-degree weather

“Never a dull moment…,” said a border patrol chief from the family crossing (above). “What could go wrong?”

The family was stopped by the Rio Grande, which is part of the border with Mexico.  Above, migrants from Haiti walk along the river to turn themselves in to officers on December 27

The family was stopped by the Rio Grande, which is part of the border with Mexico. Above, migrants from Haiti walk along the river to turn themselves in to officers on December 27

The southern border crossings continue their upward trend.  In November, the Dutch DPA found 173,620 migrants on the southern border, up from 164,753 in October

The southern border crossings continue their upward trend. In November, the Dutch DPA found 173,620 migrants on the southern border, up from 164,753 in October

People who illegally cross the southern border are still eligible to apply for asylum, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It is unclear whether the family who crossed the road on Thursday made any request.

In November, the Dutch DPA found 173,620 migrants on the southern border, an increase from 164,753 in October. Figures for December have not yet been released.

The numbers continue the upward trend seen in fiscal year 2021, when border crossings peaked at 213,593 in July.

By comparison, throughout fiscal 2016, Border Patrol officers detained 408,870 people on the southwest border. In 2015, 331,333 migrants were stopped.

Earlier this week, disturbing images emerged showing appalling conditions at Arizona’s border patrol facilities as tens of thousands of migrants were packed into overcrowded trailers and makeshift Mylar tents.

Rafa Rivera, regional chair of the National Border Patrol Council, told the Washington Examiner that more than 1,500 migrants were in custody at one point this week in Yuma, Arizona.

New images show thousands of migrants stranded in overcrowded border facilities in Yuma, Arizona

New images show thousands of migrants stranded in overcrowded border facilities in Yuma, Arizona

People touch their neighbors as they try to lie down and rest under mylar blankets, while others try to cross a narrow walkway

People touch their neighbors as they try to lie down and rest under mylar blankets, while others try to cross a narrow walkway

Outside the facilities in Yuma, makeshift tents made of mylar blankets, warning tape and sandbags are set up as landings

Outside the facilities in Yuma, makeshift tents made of mylar blankets, warning tape and sandbags are set up as landings

A woman climbs on top of piles of luggage at a Yuma Border Patrol facility

A woman climbs on top of piles of luggage at a Yuma Border Patrol facility

“Usually around this time during the holiday season, it slows down, but here in Yuma it was constant,” Rivera noted.

Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls declared a state of emergency on December 9 after 6,000 people were arrested by border police over the course of five days.

The gargantuan figure corresponds to the number of migrants intercepted in an average month over the past two decades.

The increase and disclosure of overpopulation also comes amid a massive increase in the infection rate for COVID-19 with the Omicron variant – leading to further questions about operating conditions in the midst of the pandemic.

Kamala Harris (left) had a phone call with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei (right) on Monday after the leader complained about a lack of communication from the White House following his June meeting with the vice president in Guatemala

Kamala Harris (left) had a phone call with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei (right) on Monday after the leader complained about a lack of communication from the White House following his June meeting with the vice president in Guatemala

Kamala Harris had a phone call with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Monday after a barrage of criticism continued to hit the vice president over her handling of the crisis on the southern border.

During the phone call, Harris “confirmed the government’s commitment to working with Guatemala on a broad agenda that includes root causes of migration, human trafficking, economic development and anti-corruption,” a statement from her office said.

The call came after Giammattei made public his dissatisfaction with communications over the past few months with the vice president and the White House.

More than 65,000 non-citizens were caught illegally crossing to Yuma from Mexico between September and November, which is more than the number of encounters in typical years.

On Thursday, a Texas district judge dealt a blow to Governor Greg Abbott’s controversial “Operation Lone Star.”

The operation was unveiled in March 2021 amid a wave of illegal immigrants from Central America crossing the US-Mexico border. It deploys law enforcement in areas known to be used by human traffickers and drug smugglers.

Governor Greg Abbott's controversial Operation Lone Star (pictured) came into question after an arrest allegedly made as part of the program was deemed unconstitutional on Thursday

Governor Greg Abbott’s controversial Operation Lone Star (pictured) came into question after an arrest allegedly made as part of the program was deemed unconstitutional on Thursday

A judge ruled that a man arrested under the law for illegally crossing the border was supplanting federal immigration policy and was therefore illegal.

A judge ruled that a man arrested under the law for illegally crossing the border was supplanting federal immigration policy and was therefore illegal.

In the first two months, the Texas Department of Public Safety made 598 criminal arrests and referred more than 16,000 illegal immigrants to U.S. Customs and Border Protection as part of Operation Lone Star, according to a Valley Central news report.

Judge Jan Soifer ruled in favor of Jesus Alberto Guzman Curipoma, an Ecuadorian engineer who was arrested in September and charged with criminal trespassing.

Curipoma’s attorney said Operation Lone Star was unconstitutional because it seeks to replace federal immigration law. that Curipoma was in prison instead of being eligible for asylum, which is his right.

“The Texas government is restricting the freedom of thousands under the guise of criminal charges in an effort to usurp federal immigration law and heavily arm the federal government to enact policies that Governor Abbott would prefer,” they wrote in a filing. .

Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza, acting on behalf of the state, actually agreed with the argument that Operation Lone Star violates federal law.

“Prosecution for criminal violations as part of Operation Lone Star violates the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution and constitutes an unauthorized attempt to violate federal immigration policy,” Attorney General Garza said.

David A. Schulman served on behalf of the state in Kinney County, arguing that the case should be heard because Curipoma was arrested there. Schulman argued that there was no evidence that Curipoma’s arrest had anything to do with Operation Lone Star.

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