Texas border sector overwhelmed by large crossings of migrant groups

The arrest of migrants crossing the border illegally in the Del Rio area continues at a record pace, according to Border Patrol officials. The tactic of crossing over to large groups is straining resources and manpower in one of the country’s busiest industries.

Del Rio Area Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens tweeted a photo of Border Patrol agents near Eagle Pass, Texas processing a large group of nearly 200 migrants. Border Patrol classifies a “large group” as 100 or more migrants apprehended in a single event.

“A group of 187 subjects illegally crossed near Eagle Pass,” Chief Owens tweeted. “This puts tremendous pressure on the workforce and resources that are already fully committed with record apprehensions.”

Over the past weekend, officers in the Del Rio sector arrested more than 2,500 migrants. These included more than 70 unaccompanied minors and 516 family units, the sector chief said in another tweet. Additionally, officers interdicted 30 smuggling incidents, rescued eight migrants and arrested four foreign criminals.

The record pace of border crossings in this area has led Chief Owens to scale back many regular duties, including border patrol. Randy Clark of Breitbart Texas, a retired Border Patrol supervisor with 32 years of experience, reported. He observed that officers were largely absent along the border during a recent check.

“A steady stream of migrants crossed the Rio Grande and sought law enforcement to turn to this week,” Clark wrote. “In the busiest migrant crossing areas of the city, the authorities were largely absent. Options available to migrants were Texas Army National Guard soldiers positioned along the riverbank and near common crossing points.

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A Department of Homeland Security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the level of overcrowding at Border Patrol facilities is crippling the agency’s ability to respond to calls from citizens and has left the open border.

The source says the absence of Border Patrol agents is also contributing to migrant deaths in the area. At least 10 drownings were reported in the first two weeks of March.

The situation along the border is only expected to worsen when the Biden administration suspends the Title 42 coronavirus protection protocol put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the Trump era. That suspension is expected to take place around April 1, Clark reported.

Bob Price is associate editor and main contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What are you getting at? Sunday morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facedelivered.


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