A Scary Look at The Border Situation

A Scary Look at The Border Situation

New data gives a scary look at the border situation in an area that isn’t typically on the national radar for illegal immigrant apprehensions.

The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector in West Texas has moved up to the third highest rank for illegal immigrant apprehensions thanks to an influx of Haitian, Venezuelan, and Central American migrants. With more than a quarter of the fiscal year still ahead of us, the Del Rio Sector now accounts for nearly 125,000 illegal immigrants put into custody.

The current number of illegal immigrant apprehensions in the Del Rio Sector is the highest in 20 years.

Breitbart reported on June 24 that “the sector arrested more than 6,000 over the last seven days. If the pace continues, Del Rio will surpass any historical one-year record in its history.”

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According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Del Rio Sector is now in third place, just slightly behind the Tucson Sector by only a few thousand illegal immigrants. At the current rate of border crossings, Del Rio may be moving up to become the second busiest area of the southwest border by the end of the reporting period.

Breitbart reports: “At the Del Rio Station, where mostly Haitian and Venezuelan migrants have chosen to cross, the uptick in traffic is nearly a 1,000 percent jump over all of 2020’s figures. Recently, ICE Air Operations began flying Haitian and Venezuelan migrants to the interior of the United States to relieve overcrowding. The move also reduces the burden to the small community attempting to deal with large numbers of migrant releases.”

Despite additional support from Border Patrol agents from northern border stations, the surge in the Del Rio Sector is still overwhelming. As more and more agents are being tasked with processing illegal immigrants and providing humanitarian care, that leaves significantly less agents actually on patrol at the border.

The increase in border crossings has frustrated residents and ranchers who are concerned about property damage being caused by illegal immigrants trespassing on their property in an attempt to avoid apprehension. Local law enforcement agencies are also frustrated, reporting that they have been encountering human traffickers on their highways at a pace not seen in nearly two decades.

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