UPDATED 6:36 AM PT – Thursday, April 19, 2019
A New Mexico county has declared a state of emergency amid an influx of migration. Otero County officials unanimously voted in favor of the declaration on Thursday, demanding the governor deploy National Guard troops to the area.
Hundreds of migrants have been transported to shelters in the county, but those shelters are reportedly overflowing and the county’s resources are depleting.
Otero officials are now giving the state a week to respond to their declaration, and plan on suing if they don’t help and provide resources.
Meanwhile, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in New Mexico apprehended nearly 2,000 migrants in just one day. Agents patrolling a remote port of entry in the state’s Bootheel region stopped several large groups of migrants on Tuesday — totaling more than 1,800 arrests.
During the first six-months of 2018, authorities apprehended less than 11,000 migrants illegally crossing that section of the border, but in 2019 that number has already skyrocketed to more than 71,000.
In response, the White House is considering tightening the standard for granting asylum to close the loopholes used by human traffickers.