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U.S. border officials have made more than 45,000 migrant encounters in the last five days alone.
On Wednesday, roughly 4,000 migrants moved into Eagle Pass, a border city in the U.S. state of Texas, prompting Texas Governor Greg Abbott to declare "an invasion" at the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday evening.
The number of migrants crossing the southern border into the United States has surged rapidly and border officials have made more than 45,000 migrant encounters in the last five days alone both at the ports of entry and between them.
On Wednesday, the Biden administration announced that it will offer temporary legal status to more than 470,000 Venezuelan migrants who entered the United States by July 31.
The designation will speed up the process for eligible migrants to obtain U.S. work permits to ease the pressure on New York, Chicago and other cities struggling to support migrants with strained shelter and social services.