'More Than 1,100 People Per Day': Rio Grande Border Agents Struggle Under Overwhelming Migrant Influx

Brittany M. Hughes | April 25, 2019
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According to U.S. Border Protection, border agents with the Rio Grande Valley Sector – the longest sector along the Southwest U.S. border with Mexico, are apprehending roughly 1,100 illegal alien migrants per day, a crisis that has skyrocketed to record numbers in the past several months and one that threatens to overwhelm border facilities and the resources of many border towns.

The agency also reports that in the first seven months of fiscal year 2019, which began Oct. 1, they’d already apprehended more illegal aliens – 164,000 of them, in fact – than they did in the entire 12 months of FY2018.

From CBP:

The U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector continues to experience unprecedented numbers in illegal alien apprehensions. 

Less than seven months into the fiscal year, the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol Sector has apprehended more than 164,000 people to date, surpassing the total number of apprehensions made in  fiscal year 2018The sector continues to work with its federal, state, local and non-governmental partners in addressing the influx of Central and South American migrants crossing into South Texas.

On average, Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley arrest more than 1,100 people per day. 

The influx has maxed out border facilities, forcing immigration authorities to release thousands of illegal aliens into the United States with nothing more than a notice to appear in court. Recent reports revealed CBP is turning out roughly 1,400 illegal aliens per day into local border communities, where the local government and charitable organizations are struggling to accommodate the sudden surge in homeless and hungry people with nowhere to go.

The situation is so strained, in fact, that the mayor of Yuma, Arizona recently declared a state of emergency over the number of migrants being bussed into his city, saying local shelters are at capacity and warning that high numbers of homeless migrants could soon clash with local residents looking to protect their own homes and property.

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