VIDEO footage on Thursday showed migrants waiting for rafts with human smugglers to cross the border from Mexico to the US as attempted crossings surge.
The clip recorded by former Border Security Operations Center manager Jaeson Jones shows dozens of migrants on a Rio Grande embankment.
Small boats came into view with smugglers wearing ski masks to hide their identities.
The video was shared by various politicians including Republican Rep Chip Roy who blamed President Joe Biden for the spike in migrants seeking to cross the southern border.
Roy accused the Biden administration of using migrants as “political pawns” and said that they are getting injured and killed by following the American president’s “false promise of amnesty.”
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detained or processed 100,441 migrants last month, of which almost 10,000 were unaccompanied minors.
Biden last week said there was no crisis at the border.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas also refused to call it a crisis and instead said it was a “challenge.”
Meanwhile, Southern Border Coordinator Roberta Jacobson in a White House press briefing admitted that the administration’s policies may have encouraged a rise in asylum seekers at the border.
Jacobson said it was not a “coincidence" that attempts to cross the border jumped after Biden became president.
"We've seen surges before,” she said.
“Surges tend to respond to hope, and there was significant hope for a more humane policy after four years of pent-up demand.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday said the border is not “open” but acknowledged “a large flow of children across the border.”
Republicans ripped the Biden administration for playing down the issues at the border.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz on Thursday tweeted: “There is a crisis on the southern border of Joe Biden’s creation.”
Rep Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican, on Wednesday said, "We have to recognize that words have consequences and actions have consequences."
“When the Biden administration refuses to enforce our immigration laws, when they refuse to build the wall, when they pass legislation like the bill that we passed yesterday that includes money for illegal immigrants, this is what happens," she said.
The raft video came the same day that CBP disclosed that 111 migrants smuggled inside three trucks had been apprehended within a 24-hour time span.
Among them, 44 migrants were squeezed into the back of a commercial truck that was apprehended in Laredo, Texas.
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