Border Patrol agents in El Paso, TX, apprehended more than 400 illegal immigrants in a span of five minutes early Tuesday morning.
The agents, working in Texas, apprehended the first group of 194 illegal immigrants around 2:45 a.m. near Bowie High School in El Paso. Five minutes later – at 2:50 a.m. – another group of agents apprehended a second group of 252 who had just crossed the border near Downtown El Paso, according to a press release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
“In all, agents had already taken over 430 people into custody within the first three hours in what appears to be only the beginning of another busy day for the El Paso Sector Border Patrol,” the agency wrote.
The group was comprised mostly of Central American families and unaccompanied minors, which Border Patrol says is seen regularly. The agency also said that it has averaged 570 apprehensions a day for the past month – 90% of which occur in the El Paso Metropolitan Area.
#BorderPatrol agents apprehended 2 large groups within 5 minutes of one another in El Paso Sector early this morning. The groups totaled 430 individuals—mostly Central American families and unaccompanied children. https://t.co/PaXLjnqhgL pic.twitter.com/ZH9k05Kndl— CBP (@CBP) March 20, 2019
The report indicates that border crossings are down since 2001 but the change in demographics has clogged up the asylum process and stretched the resources of our border agents thin.
On Monday #CBP #YumaSector Border Patrol agents apprehended a group of 110+ Central Americans who illegally scaled the wall with the assistance of a smuggler with a ladder #NationalSecurity #SouthwestBorder pic.twitter.com/T19JzI3xeC— CBP Arizona (@CBPArizona) January 23, 2019