Steps taken to ease overcrowding at Eagle Pass border station

As overcrowding conditions continue on the border with an influx of migrants, the U.S Border Patrol has constructed several portable facilities to help ease the capacity issues at the Eagle Pass South Station.

“All of the stations in Del Rio Sector are experiencing significant capacity issues, but none more so than Eagle Pass South Station,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “The addition of these structures will assist with managing the crowding in the station until a more permanent solution is found.”

These structures will be utilized as temporary holding areas for family units awaiting processing. Officials say they have power and water needed to maintain detainee safety and hygiene.

Since October, the Del Rio Sector has arrested over 34,000 people, almost 18,000 of which have been family units. This is more than a 200 percent increase in total arrests, and a 1000 percent increase in family unit arrests compared to the same time last year.

Photo: U.S. Border Patrol

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