Migrants have taken shelter under overpasses and in city camps.
The majority of migrants have traveled from countries such as Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. However, the U.S. doesn’t have great relationships with those countries, making it difficult for the U.S. to send these migrants back.
Experts said this ultimately amplifies the number of migrant encounters at the border if they aren’t being turned away, encouraging more migrants to come across the border.
Law enforcement in Maverick County said they’ve seen a change in the migrants who have been arriving at the border. And while there are still plenty of migrants who are fleeing desperate situations, this influx of migrants has been seen as “opportunistic crossings,” which means those who are crossing the border probably don’t need asylum but view it as their best chance to come to the U.S.