U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Yuma Sector said they plan to start dumping illegal aliens who’ve been caught crossing the border unlawfully into the local community with nowhere to go, all thanks to overcrowded border detention facilities that have long since reached capacity.
According to AZ Central, a local arm of USA Today, border patrol said the Yuma sector’s detention facilities are only built to house a total of 400 illegal aliens at a time. But with the recent surge of migrant families, in addition to unaccompanied children and single adult border crossers, the Yuma sector is on track to apprehend a total of 60,000 migrants this year alone, the highest number on record since 2007.
In fact, this one sector of the border alone has already apprehended a stunning 17,578 illegal aliens traveling in family units in the first five months of this fiscal year – about three times the 5,319 members of illegal alien families they caught during the same time frame last year.
And that doesn’t include single adults or unaccompanied children.
Because of the overcrowding situation, Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls said at a press conference Thursday that Border Patrol could begin releasing up to 200 migrants into the local community each day with nothing more than the clothes on their backs and a notice to appear in court, creating a massive problem for local non-profit groups trying to figure out a temporary housing situation.
“The full capacity of the (nonprofit groups) in Yuma cannot address the full volume of migrants, should the volume increase as projected,” Nicholls said.
And it’s not just Yuma that’s experiencing a problem. In El Paso, border agents have been releasing hundreds of illegal aliens a day out of their maxed-out detention centers, straining local resources.
Between Saturday and Sunday morning alone, border officers in El Paso apprehended more than 12,000 migrants, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan.
"A high number is 4,000 — 6,000 is crisis level," McAleenan said. "Twelve thousand is unprecedented. On Monday, we saw the highest total of apprehensions and encounters in years, with over 4,000 in a single day."
In Phoenix, the Department of Homeland Security began dumping busloads of migrants at local Greyhound stations with nowhere to go because border facilities were no longer able to house them.