EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, says Fort Bliss may receive unaccompanied migrant children starting Tuesday.
Gonzales, who represents a congressional district reaching from Socorro to San Antonio, visited the area and stopped in Juárez on Monday.
KTSM 9 News has reached out to Fort Bliss to ask about whether the post will begin to receive unaccompanied minors arriving at the border on Tuesday.
The representative visited Fort Bliss to see a facility that is equipped with 5,000 beds for unaccompanied minors. He also met with U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, to learn about how the region is working to accommodate the recent arrivals of migrants along the Southwestern border.
“The opening of yet another unaccompanied minor facility shows just how bad this crisis really is – and it is not slowing down anytime soon,” Gonzales said. “We are seeing an unsustainable surge in families, individuals and, especially, unaccompanied children. […] The Biden Administration needs to step in, end their open borders rhetoric, and provide our border patrol agents with the resources they need to continue doing their jobs.”
Gonzales also visited the Migrant Assistance Center in Juarez, Mexico and spoke with government officials and Central American families recently expelled from the United States under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Title 42 order.
“Fixing our crisis at the border needs to be a binational effort between the United States and Mexico,” Gonzales said. “I visited Ciudad Juarez to see how dire the situation is on the Mexican side as well. The families we met are more than just statistics. They are like me and you.”
He added that the dangers migrants they encounter on their journey from places like Haiti, Honduras, and Cuba are horrifying.
“Right now, nothing is changing, and our broken system is only encouraging more of these dangerous journeys to take place. Our nations need to be in constant dialogue at every level. This is a humanitarian crisis and it’s time for our leaders to act,” Gonzales said.
At Fort Bliss, he also met with the leadership of Joint Task Force North, a Department of Defense agency tasked with supporting law enforcement agencies in tracking and stopping transnational criminal organizations. The meeting came as federal law enforcement agencies point to heavy involvement on the part of Mexican drug cartels in migrant smuggling at the U.S.-Mexico border.