(FeaturedNews.com) – On Saturday, shelters in a Texas City had a hard time finding enough space to accommodate all the incoming migrants, whom authorities state have begun crossing the U.S.-Mexico border by the thousands.
The surge of arrivals in Brownsville appeared to have caught the city on the southernmost tip of Texas off guard, stretching the available social service resources and their ability to shelter, requiring them to turn people away. Officials have stated that there were more than 15,000 migrants, mostly from Venezuela, who illegally crossed the river close to Brownsville last week.
This is a large increase from the 1,700 migrants that Border Patrol agents had encountered in the first couple of weeks of April.
Gloria Chavez, chief of the U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector, stated that this is “quite concerning” and that accommodating this surge is going to be a big “logistical challenge.” The reason for this sudden increase is still unclear, but Chavez has claimed that migrants have grown frustrated by needing to use the government’s glitch-plagued app in order to try and seek asylum through a port of entry.
Some of the migrants who have crossed in the past week have also pointed to other reasons, including the growing threat from the cartels. The surge comes at a time when the Biden administration is planning on letting the pandemic-era asylum restrictions expire. The U.S. authorities have also pointed out that they expect a surge in illegal crossings from Mexico, with numbers rising to 13,000 from approximately 5,200 in March.
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