A new online migrant dashboard was launched in El Paso, Texas as over 60,000 illegal immigrants passed through the overwhelmed city in the last six months.
The "Migrant Situational Awareness Dashboard" provides weekly statistics on the number of migrant encounters that federal agencies report, with data on those released into the community
and the number of migrants who were provided services at El Paso's Migrant Welcome Center.
This new data center was introduced as El Paso extended an emergency declaration in its struggle to handle the ongoing migrant crisis.
Deputy City Manager Mario D'Agostino said the tool "provides transparency to the community regarding the current humanitarian crisis and how it is being handled daily.
He also noted that from day one, they have been open about how "we are respectfully serving the migrants passing through
our community and our substantial emergency efforts to deal with the ongoing humanitarian crisis."
More than 62,000 people passed through El Paso beginning April to mid-September. In September alone, over 13,000 have passed through El Paso – the highest number the city has experienced.
Data showed that agents from Customs and Border Protection are now encountering a weekly average of 2,100 migrants per day, with approximately 70 percent of the individuals and family units coming from Venezuela. Other countries with high numbers
are Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Cuba.
Illegals pose a major economic burden for El Paso and sanctuary cities
The city is said to have served over 16,600 illegal immigrants at its welcome center, where they are given food, water and assistance before they move forward to their next destination.
The influx has become a major economic burden for El Paso
, as it now costs the city as much as $10 million per month. This led to officials sending migrants to sanctuary cities.
Last month, the city was said to have spent $300,000 a day to shelter, feed and send asylum-seeking immigrants to New York City, with the blessing of Mayor Eric Adams. Others were sent to Chicago.
To send them to these cities, officials said El Paso has been chartering nine to 14 buses a day. The city expects $2 million in federal assistance money to help with the situation.
So far, the city has charged travel for over 12,000 migrants – 9,350 of whom were sent to New York City, while another 2,664 to Chicago.
Incidentally, Adams has declared a state of emergency to respond to the city's migrant crisis
, which Adams said will cost New York $1 billion this fiscal year.
"We now have a situation where more people are arriving in New York City than we can immediately accommodate, including families with babies and young children."
New York City now has over 61,000 people in its shelter system, including thousands who are experiencing homelessness and thousands of asylum-seekers who have been sent over in recent months, from other parts of the country.
D'Agostino previously said the unprecedented surge in migration was testing their infrastructure as borders encounter an average of 1,500 migrants in the El Paso area, creating a shelter issue, and leading to some migrants being sent to hotels.
El Paso opened its migrant respite center after shelters reached maximum capacity and people started pitching tents off the streets. At the Border Patrol Sector, authorities also erected an open-air triage-style processing center to process migrants faster. This includes sections for intake, medical care and a waiting area, as well as buses already equipped with processing technology parked on-site.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus said the latest wave of migration was driven by people fleeing the "failing communist regimes" of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba who are not subject to Title 42, or the pandemic public health order that allowed authorities to expel some migrants to Mexico or their home countries. (Related: Mexican drug cartels using illegal immigration flood as cover to smuggle operatives and hard drugs into the US
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