(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Hundreds of illegal migrants recently rushed the Paso del Norte Port of Entry at the southern border, thanks largely to the Biden administration’s malfunctioning app that usually assists migrants in applying for asylum.
According to the Daily Wire, some immigrants south of the border heard a news report from the El Paso Times discussing the malfunctions of the Customs Border Patrol app, launched by the Department of Homeland Security in order to modernize the amnesty interview process.
“This app cuts out the smugglers, decreasing migrant exploitation and improving safety and security, in addition to making the process more efficient,” said Luis Miranda, a spokesperson for DHS, when the app was launched. “This is part of the administration’s goals to create legal, safe and humane processes while imposing consequences on those who do not use available processes.”
A crowd of migrants formed at the Mexican side of the bridge on Sunday morning and attempted to push through the barricades.
Law enforcement responded in kind to slow the flood of migrants, installing barricades topped with barbed wire and sending out agents in riot gear.
NEW: This is the bilateral show of force that dispersed the huge group of migrants trying to rush a port of entry in El Paso today. Two lines of Mexican military, then on the US side, physical barriers, barbed wire, and a skirmish line of CBP officers in crowd control gear. pic.twitter.com/YPaNBUhQhu
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) March 13, 2023
Many of the illegal aliens who rushed the border on Sunday expressed frustration with the app.
Reports also indicate that a fake Facebook post told migrants they could cross the bridge on Sunday and that migrants with extreme cases would be able to enter the country.
When the app was first released, legislators raised concerns about the security of having applications and appointments flow through a single interface.
Even some Democrat officials believed the app to be a waste of time, such as Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., who pointed out that many migrants could not even access the technology.
CBP recorded 2.3 million encounters with migrants in the 2022 fiscal year. Nearly 100,000 of those migrants entered through the El Paso bridge, nearly pushing the city to its breaking point as they quickly burn through resources in attempts to help and face rising crime.