BREAKING: New wave of 2,000 caravan migrants quietly arrives on buses at Texas border (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Just one day prior to President Trump’s State of the Union address, an estimated 2,000 Central American migrants arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border, courtesy of approximately 40 buses provided by the Mexican government, in order to request political asylum into the United States.

According to the Eagle Pass Business Journal, the group of migrants, consisting of approximately 800 women and children and 1,200 men, left Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Monday morning, headed toward the city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico.

Mayor Bres Garza noted that the City of Piedras Negras, Coahuila is hastily making preparations to be able to receive this unprecedented large caravan of Central Americans in his fair city, including the use of two unoccupied former maquiladora plants as temporary housing shelter, provision of food and water, and public health examinations to prevent any contagious diseases.

Breitbart reported that there is no fence or physical barrier between Piedras Negras and its American sister city, Eagle Pass, Texas.

Just like the previous caravan, U.S. Customs and Border Protection began carrying out crowd control training exercises at the international bridges. The border region between the two Texas cities is also a favored smuggling route used by Los Zetas to move drugs and humans.

Monday afternoon, the buses arrived at the border, pulling in to Piedras Negras, where city officials had hurriedly made arrangements to receive them.

Breitbart reported further details on free transportation provided for the migrants:

In the Mexican border state of Coahuila, private companies provided 49 buses at the request of the government to move the migrants in a safe and efficient manner. The buses are funded by local businessmen and municipal governments, said Coahuila Secretary of State Jose Maria Frausto Siller in an interview with Vanguardia.

“The idea is to provide aid to the caravan but to also be vigilant about it,” said Nuevo Leon’s Governor Jaime Rodriguez Calderon in a prepared statement. “We don’t want them to have problems but at the same time, we don’t want any problems for us.”


Monday afternoon, military officials were posted on a bridge between Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, as the bus loads of an estimated 2,000 migrants arrived on the Mexico side of the border.

Fox News correspondent Griff Jenkins reported Monday morning from Saltillo, as migrants were being loaded onto buses for the final leg of their journey to the US border. Many migrants told Jenkins they planned to cross the border illegally in order to get into the U.S. sooner.

 

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From Saltillo, Fox News reported that local health officials confirmed many illnesses among the migrants, including respiratory infections, gastrointestinal conditions, five cases of chicken pox, one individual with HIV and one case of swine flu.

Monday morning, the Secretary of Coahuila Jose Fraustro oversaw the bus operation in Saltillo, telling Fox News that this is the best, safest, most efficient way to handle the situation given the migrants’ circumstances.

But he also said the caravan should have been deterred or handled at Mexico’s southern border rather than allowing it to trek 1,300 miles across the country.

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