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Posted: Jul 24, 2014 3:12 PM

Updated: Jul 25, 2014 6:29 PM

RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Families are still streaming into the McAllen bus station, almost two months after U.S. Border Patrol began dropping them off there.

It is where families wait before they continue on their long journey.

The Border Patrol says, since the beginning of 2014, they picked up more than 42,000 families along the Rio Grande Valley's border with Mexico. That is more than eleven times the number of families from the same time last year.

"It's been pretty steady. The numbers fluctuate from day to day," said Brenda Nettles Riojas, spokesperson for the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville.

She says all they see are families.

"More than 95 percent are mothers and children varied in ages. Many in their mid-20's, early 30's," said Riojas. "We have had several mothers who are pregnant with a baby or with toddlers. Some of them have two children, three children."

The Border Patrol says three out of four families entering the U.S. illegally are from Honduras.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS stopped by the Honduran Consulate this afternoon to see if we could talk to them about the high number of Honduran families entering the U.S. We were told no one was available to comment.

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