Hundreds of migrants at remote N.M. border crossing after bus trek on new route

Hundreds of migrants at remote N.M. border crossing after bus trek on new route
Migrants headed toward U.S. border (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – The AP report describes this as “baffling.”  Clearly, it’s orchestrated. The migrants are coming on buses directly from Guatemala. They’re quickly overwhelming the resources of this very lightly manned border post.]

U.S. authorities this week encountered groups of 257 and 239 people consisting of families and unaccompanied children, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said Tuesday. The Border Patrol found groups of more than 100 people along the entire U.S. border with Mexico about eight times during the budget year that ended Sept. 30 and encountered nearly four times that amount since Oct. 1.

“This is a brand new phenomenon,” McAleenan told reporters in a conference call. “It’s really challenging our resources.” …

Migrants have told agents that they took commercial buses from Guatemala to New Mexico in four or five days straight, a sharp contrast to the traditional route that can take 25 to 30 days to reach the U.S. border and includes rest stops at “stash houses” along the way, McAleenan said.

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It’s unclear why Guatemalans are choosing such a remote spot…

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