Border Patrol in Eagle Pass Erecting Tent Cities to Deal with Migrant Rush

The Border Patrol in Eagle Pass, which has been overwhelmed by illegal immigrants from nearly forty different nations, including two recent large groups of people from central Africa who have been apprehended entering the U.S., says it is bringing in several tent-like all-weather mobile shelters to house the families who are arriving, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

“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.”

The Border Patrol will provide security in the tents, which are equipped with power and water, as well as environmental systems to maintain adequate temperatures in south Texas.

The Eagle Pass station and the Del Rio Sector reports a one thousand percent increase in 'family unit' arrests so far this year. 34,000 people have been apprehended trying to enter the U.S. in the sector, more than half of them have been family units.

IMAGE COURTESY: U.S. BORDER PATROL

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