UPDATED 6:39 AM PT – Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Central American migrants are taking advantage of immigration law at the Texas border. Hundreds of migrants surrendered to Border Patrol on Monday in hopes of fast-tracking their asylum applications.
Border Patrol agents said the situation is straining already limited resources, with close to a thousand migrants from El Salvador, Honduras’ and Guatemala surrendering daily. Over 100,000 Central American migrants were apprehended or turned away from the southern border last month.
“This makes things more difficult. there are hundreds of people handing themselves in daily. Over the last 30-days we have averaged about 860 detentions daily in this area. This tests our capacity, which is already reaching its limit because it’s not easy to accept them, to transport them and to process them all.”
— Ramiro Cordero, spokesperson for El Paso Border Patrol unit
New migrant shelters are being built in Texas to house the growing numbers of families and children.
Meanwhile, officials in one New Mexico city are struggling to cope with the amount of illegal aliens released into their care.
Border Patrol agents dropped off nearly 1,600 migrants into Las Cruces over a 10-day span. City officials have spent roughly $75,000 to feed and shelter the new arrivals. The mayor said the city does not have enough resources to continue at this rate.
Las Cruces was forced to make arrangements with bigger cities like Santa Fe and Albuquerque to split up the new arrivals of migrants.