Concerns rise among Los Ebanos residents over surge in illegal border crossings
As hundreds of migrants illegally cross the southern border daily, concerns are rising among some residents in Los Ebanos.
Residents say the close distance between the neighborhood and the border makes the area the perfect spot for migrants to cross and hide.
Los Ebanos resident, Tina Lopez, says she’s seen an increase in women and children openly walking the streets, calling for help from U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.
Lopez said she fears for the children who may be crossing the border.
“Every night it’s cold, it’s raining,” she said. “I tell my husband, ‘I hope nobody’s out there, especially children.’”
About once a week, Lopez said she spots migrants hiding around her home.
CBP data shows nearly 61,000 migrants were found in the Rio Grande Valley in April, more than double the number for February.
Experts say migrants crossing into the U.S. often flee natural disasters in their home countries or poverty due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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