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Border Patrol: Facilities, Manpower Cannot Support Continued Increase of Apprehensions

9 months 1 day 2 hours ago Wednesday, March 06 2019 Mar 6, 2019 March 06, 2019 5:05 PM March 06, 2019 in News - Local

WESLACO – Border Patrol says there their resources are strained to the breaking point with the high number of people crossing into the U.S. illegally.

Since October, the agency says the numbers of illegal crossings has doubled.

Border Patrol says they apprehended 25,000 people in the Rio Grande Valley during the month of February, which is near an average of a thousand people a day.

The agency is likening the current numbers to a historically high surge the U.S. saw from Mexico in 2005 with 1.5 million apprehensions.

Border Patrol Chief of Operations Brian Hastings says, in the past, those numbers consisted of men from Mexico.

Now they’re seeing people from Central America and greater proportions of adults with children.

Watch the video above for further details.

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