BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the numbers of immigrants trying to enter the country illegally is slowing. The numbers are still swelling at camps with asylum seekers in places like Matamoros.
The medical director at one camp says it’s hard to gauge the exact number of people in the camp. Her best estimate is around 4,000 people. More than half of those are women and children.
Helen Perry, nurse practitioner, “We estimate based on the number of tents that we’ve seen that there’s probably about 2,500 people living in this camp structure and then at least 1,000 to 1,500 that live in surrounding community.”
She describes the condition as substandard. Even though her agency and others are doing all they can to keep the people fed and healthy. Besides the thousands at the two large encampments in Matamoros, other asylum seekers are being housed at shelters around that Mexican city.
Migrants are also waiting to enter the country through asylum in places like Reynosa, Progreso and Laredo.
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