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Border Protection opens second holding facility in south Texas to deal with influx of immigrants

December 3, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Protection opens second holding facility in south Texas to deal with influx of immigrants

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Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the opening of a new holding facility in south Texas to assist them in dealing with the tremendous surge of immigrants proceeding to flood across the border.

The facility will allow for additional space and will allow officials to hold an estimated 500 Family Unit Aliens (FMUA) and Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC). The new establishment will be next to the Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge in south Texas.

Earlier this month, CBP officials were transferring 150 Border Patrol agents from the San Diego, Del Riom and Tucson Sectors to the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas to help with the processing of migrants.

“Illicit networks facilitate the majority of cross-border activity and smugglers prey on migrants by extorting money, confining them in deplorable conditions, and often physically and sexually assaulting them,” said Marlene Castro, the Supervisory Border Patrol Agent, in a statement. “Despite these risks, migrants continue to entrust their lives each day to these unscrupulous criminals.”

The building will temporarily hold women and children as they are being processed for transference to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for arrest or removal, or to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for relocation in the U.S, Breitbart Texas reported.

The number of UACs, FMUAs, and migrants caught crossing the border illegally has steadily increased every month since February. In the month of October, FMUA apprehensions increased by 37%. During that same time frame, UAC apprehensions increased by 19%, and the number of total arrests rose 17%. More than half of the UACs and FMUAs were caught in the Rio Grande Valley Sector.

This week, HHS officials announced that they are bewildered with the flood of immigrant families. To cope with the budgetary crisis, the administration is stripping designated funds from medical research and services for Americans. Within the last month alone, every day, an average of 255 UACs were placed in ORR’s custody after being processed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, according to Jessica Vaugh, the Director of Policy Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies.

The department is now making severe cuts to health services for Americans. Outgoing HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell has announced that $167 million will be cut from other programs to cover the services for minors through December 9th when the current continuing resolution expires.

Mark Morgan, the Border Patrol Chief, testified before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee that border patrol had created an additional incentive for illegals to risk their lives by paying vicious cartels to bring them into the United States. During his testimony, Chief Morgan acknowledged that the agency’s policy of releasing the migrants encourages more illegal immigration.

The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) completely opposed Chief Morgan’s testimony in an Op-Ed that was published on Wednesday. The Union wrote that the agency intentionally scheduled the union’s President Brand Judd to other responsibilities, which made it impracticable for him to testify on behalf of the agents he represents.

The union also bashed Morgan’s political statements about amnesty and “comprehensive immigration reform.” Morgan said that the Border Patrol supports comprehensive immigration reform. “This is directly contrary to the voice and will of the vast majority of the Republicans elected to Congress,” the NBPC stated. “It is also directly contrary to President-elect Trump’s comments while on the campaign trail.”

As the surge of immigrants crossing the border appears to have no end in sight, CBP officials announced that they would continue to monitor the situation and continue to add more processing facilities. Although the agency continues to assert it will “work with other federal and international agencies to discourage individuals from embarking on the dangerous trip to enter the United States illegally,” they will not carry out the possibly most useful measure of returning the immigrants to their home country when they are apprehended after crossing the border.

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