Migrant apprehensions along the border reaching record numbers in the Valley

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Migrant apprehensions along the border reaching record numbers in the Valley. (Source Courtesy Photo)

On Wednesday morning, more than 185 people traveling together were apprehended by Border Patrol agents in Roma.

Border Patrol Agents here in the Rio Grande Valley have made more than 1,000 apprehensions every single day for the last six days and those numbers are projected to go up, according to Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Rodolfo Karisch.

“So far over 300,000 apprehensions that the men and women of U.S. Border Patrol have made already this fiscal year and specifically here in RGV,  is over 130,000,”  Karisch said..

On Tuesday, over 1,750 people were apprehended in one day in the Rio Grande Valley.

Agents reported they haven’t seen any apprehensions that large in one day in over a decade.

Karisch said the majority of large groups turning themselves in are family units and unaccompanied children, but there are people with criminal histories coming in.

“Not a day goes by that I don’t see a report from out in the field showing we apprehended an individual with a criminal background, we recently, a few months back, apprehended a man from Ecuador who was wanted for murder out of Spain,” Karisch said.

He called on U.S. Congress to update immigration laws to stop the illegal crossings.

“Right now our facilities are not built for this, they’re short term facilities and our people are doing the best that we can, but we’re simply being overwhelmed,” Karisch said, “Right now there’s a number of people that are exploiting our immigration laws, they’re continuing to come across, claiming fear or asylum so we need to have a consequence.”

CBS 4 Valley reached out to Congressman Vicente Gonzalez who represents the Rio Grande Valley in Washington D.C.

“My heart goes out to these families that are coming in from difficult places but i’m by no means for open borders, I think we should have a process to migrate into this country and I think Mexico needs to step up to the plate,” said Gonzalez, (D-TX).

However, Mexico announced they have started offering asylum and work visas to immigrants, however it’s not stopping them from coming into the U.S. from all over the world.

“Here in the RGV sector we’ve taken people from Bangladesh, China, India, Egypt, Iraq,” Karsich said.

A man from Guatemala who was processed and released by CBP was asked why he didn’t stay in Mexico where he was guaranteed asylum.

“I didn’t want to, there is a lot of violence I hear over there and it’s not very clean, I wanted to try the United States,”  the Guatemalan migrant said, who is traveling with his 15-year-old son.

All RGV Border Patrol Processing Centers are at capacity, according to CBP.

“This flow does not seem to subside, it’s going to get worse unless congress changes policy,” Karisch said.

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