EDINBURG, Texas — About 150 Border Patrol agents will be stationed to South Texas from Arizona, California and in other regions to assist a surge in immigrants who are already apprehended after illegally getting into the U.S., federal officials reported Saturday.
Agents from Tucson, Arizona, and San Diego are going to be temporarily reassigned to the Rio Grande Valley, and agents working another section of the Texas border will join them, U.S. Customs and Border Protection stated in a announcement.
The additional agents will support with screening and processing immigrants taken into custody along the border, quite a few are unaccompanied children and families.
Hundreds of thousands of folks have found asylum along the U.S.-Mexico border in the last two years, and the bulk are Central American families who often turn themselves in as opposed to mainly Mexican men attempting to avoid capture, based on a federal report acquired last month by The Associated Press.
Since 2014, the Rio Grande Valley has headed the nation as the area with the most apprehensions of immigrants getting into the U.S. illegally. Asylum seekers, quite a few of them fleeing drug-fueled violence south of the border, peaked in 2014 at 170,000, practically triple the 63,000 who showed up the previous year. Before 2012, there were much less than 30,000 a year.
Leaders in the South Texas city of McAllen stated earlier this month that they’re having difficulties providing services and mentioned that October was the busiest month since 2014 for a church support center, with more than 5,600 immigrants provided aid.
The city and local groups have invested nearly $1 million over two years to supply showers, tents and other needs, Mayor Jim Darling informed The Monitor newspaper.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson stated in a announcement Thursday there are about 41,000 folks being held in U.S. immigration detention facilities. The number typically varies between 31,000 and 34,000, he stated.
“Our borders cannot be open to illegal migration,” Johnson said. “We must, therefore, enforce the immigration laws consistent with our priorities. Those priorities are public safety and border security.”
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