Border Patrol agents are calling the record number of migrants who crossed the border over the past weekend a “major surge.” El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Peter Jaquez tweeted a statement about the weekend’s border crossing numbers:
“Breaking! Over the weekend, the El Paso Sector experienced a major surge in illegal crossings, with a 3-day average of 2,460 daily encounters, primarily through the downtown area of El Paso. We will continue to keep the public informed as the situation evolves.”
Breaking! Over the weekend, the El Paso Sector experienced a major surge in illegal crossings, with a 3-day average of 2,460 daily encounters, primarily through the downtown area of El Paso. We will continue to keep the public informed as the situation evolves. pic.twitter.com/V2pOO6Y31N
— Peter Jaquez (@USBPChiefEPT) December 12, 2022
The capacity of the Border Patrol Central Processing Center in El Paso is approximately 3,500 migrants. However, the center is severely over its limits with over 5,100 people in custody. Jacquez tweeted photos “which show the massive numbers and subsequent overcrowding as Border Patrol agents attempt to find someplace to put and process the migrants” reports Breitbart. Unfortunately, “Most of these migrants will likely be released to NGOs or onto the streets of El Paso.”
A live dashboard operated by the City of El Paso shows 5,105 migrants currently in custody. The report shows the release into the El Paso Community of 892 migrants with an additional 286 released onto the city’s streets.
Multiple media outlets reported Monday morning that a record-setting single group of more than 1,000 migrants crossed into El Paso during the overnight hours.
BREAKING NEWS: A huge migrant caravan of over 1,000 people crossed illegally into El Paso, TX last night, making it the largest single group ever seen in US. The city of El Paso reports Border Patrol now has over 5,000 in custody & has released hundreds to city streets. pic.twitter.com/NBoAypkZRd
— PSAFLIVE (@PSAFLIVE) December 12, 2022
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The first month of 2023 at the southern border is already looking bleak; just take a look at the numbers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in El Paso, Texas have seized over 500 pounds of hard drugs in January alone.
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The devastating numbers are not surprising, given that in December, the El Paso mayor declared a sate of emergency “after record numbers of people were released onto city streets and sidewalks by the Biden administration” reports The Center Square.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott also “sent 400 National Guard troops to restore order and provide humanitarian assistance” adds the media outlet. Border Patrol data showed in December, 55,766 illegal foreign nationals were apprehended in the El Paso Sector.
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