As cold weather hits El Paso, as a homeless shelter is claiming that it is above capacity owing to the influx of migrants released onto the city’s streets. Another unlawfully present Mexican migrant assaulted and robbed two migrants outside of a bus station elsewhere in the city.
Freezing temperatures are anticipated to affect thousands of immigrants camped in Mexico beside the Rio Grande and on the roadsides of El Paso. According to KVIA ABC7 in El Paso, five of the homeless shelters are not able to accept new residents because they are currently at or above their capacity.
According to John Martin, deputy head of the Opportunity Facility in El Paso, two of their shelters is already severely overcrowded. His group advocates for the service of all homeless persons, regardless of their nation of origin.
“We are one of the handfuls of shelters that will accept everyone, but when we’re full, we are full,” Martin told a local CBS reporter. “There reaches a point when we simply have to say no because we do not have enough physical space necessary to accommodate everybody. We’d rather not say no.”
In accordance with a dashboard maintained mostly by the City of El Paso, Border Patrol officers had 5,628 migrants in custody. This is an increase of over 500 from Monday at a center that is already substantially over capacity. According to the dashboard, almost 500 people are released onto the city’s streets every day, with an additional 800 placed in community shelters run by non-governmental organizations.
According to the El Paso Times, at least two of the migrants who were released out on to the streets were robbed by some other migrant while waiting outside of an El Paso Greyhound Bus Terminal. A Mexican national and a New Mexican guy are accused of approaching a group of four immigrants waiting outside of the bus station.
The two men allegedly slapped one of the migrants in the face and demanded belongings from the group of immigrants. According to the police complaint, the attack persisted as the migrant stooped over to shield himself and then was kicked in the face and head. Two of the migrants’ cell phones were allegedly stolen by the two males.
Another group of migrants saw the robbery and attack and pursued the perpetrators. They encircled both of the robbers and awaited the arrival of police.
Jaime Ramon Guerrero, 27, a native Mexican from Juárez, & Guillermo Hernandez, 49, who is from Las Cruces, NM, were detained by El Paso police officers. According to the El Paso Times, Hernandez is facing four charges of robbery. Guerrero is also charged with assault & robbery. The males are now being held in El Paso County jail on $125,000 and $60,000 bonds, respectively.
The pandemonium in El Paso comes as the immigrant crossings increased thru the weekend. According to Breitbart Texas, about 7,400 people entered over the weekend. Over 1,000 of them crossed over in a single incident on Sunday night.