The Border Patrol in the Del Rio Sector alone says it has arrested more than 1100 people from 19 different countries in Africa crossing into the U.S. to request asylum just in the past seven weeks, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
That is compared to almost no African migrants presenting themelves at the Del Rio Port of Entry before June 1.
“The apprehension of people from African countries illegally crossing our borders continues to increase,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “Our agents this year have encountered people from 51 countries other than Mexico including 19 countries from the continent of Africa.”
Ortiz says the Africans entering the U.S. consist of both families and single adults.
The Del Rio Sector alone says it has processed 44,000 illegal immigrants in 2019, more than double the number of arrests made in all of 2018 in the Sector.
Many of the countries of origin of the immigrant from Africa are places where the highly contagious disease Ebola has reached 'epidemic' levels, including the Republic of the Congo, which has sent the most refugees to Texas.
Ortiz says all immigrants are 'medically evaluated and are referred to medical professionals if more advanced care in needed.'
IMAGE OF A LARGE GROUP OF AFRICANS DETAINED NEAR EAGLE PASS, COURTESY OF U.S. BORDER PATROL