The U.S. is now facing not one, but two, illegal migrant surges at the border. Adding to the already worrisome border and humanitarian crisis created by President Bidens’ radical immigration policies and migrant-friendly statements, we now have a surge of single, male illegal migrants using military tactics to avoid the U.S. Border Patrol and ‘invade’ the U.S. along the border in Arizona.
In the Tucson Arizona area, the Border Patrol is seeing a dramatic rise in these attempted crossings.
Encounters are up more than 150% this year from the same period last year, while Border Patrol’s drone sightings of illegal migrants have tripled in the same time period.
But as CNN reports, unlike in Texas, where many turn themselves in as families to try to claim asylum, these illegal migrants in Arizona are single men, and they don’t want to be caught:
They’re not giving themselves up to get into the legal system in the US. They’re trying to cross on their own and avoid the Border Patrol at all costs. So, when they’re spotted, they don’t give themselves up. They run…
And they are using military-style tactics to avoid detection and evade the Border Patrol:
Migrants come north dressed like soldiers, wearing camouflage. They wear boots made from sections of carpet to obscure their footsteps. Crucially, they come across in multiple groups as small as one or two people, dropped along the border and told to enter at different times to outwit and overwhelm Border Patrol agents.
“What they’re doing is what we call swarming,” Sabri Dikman, acting deputy chief patrol agent of the Tucson Sector, told CNN. “So instead of in years gone by where we’d have a group of 20, a group of 30 crossing the border, currently we see 10 groups of two, so what happens is they split up, they cross the border, and it takes two agents or one agent to address each one of those individual groups so we become task-saturated.”
Significantly, says the Border Patrol, these are not families or unaccompanied children crossing in Arizona. Instead, 85% of the illegal migrants they encounter there are single adults, some of whom have criminal records.
Why are they coming now? Many believe that US law and Border Patrol operations changed with the new administration. And smugglers are taking advantage of that perception, lying to migrants about how they will be received at the border.
“We interview almost everyone that we arrest,” Dikman said. “What we’ve found is some of them do have a perception that there’s been a change in immigration laws — a perception that there’s a gap in enforcement on the US border.”
This is the new reality: not one, but TWO [emphasis added] surges on the southern border. In Texas, it is largely families and children, who often turn themselves in to authorities. Here in Arizona, it is single adults, directed like soldiers, doing all they can to avoid capture and come north.