Fresh internal documents from the Department of Health and Human Services show how quickly the number of child migrants crossing the border is overwhelming the administration’s stretched resources.
Driving the news: In the week ending March 1, the Border Patrol referred to HHS custody an average of 321 children per day, according to documents obtained by Axios. That’s up from a weekly average of 203 in late January and early February — and just 47 per day during the first week of January.
Today, a group of 105 illegal aliens were apprehended in Havana, TX.
As agents were screening 43 illegal aliens, smugglers rafted an additional 62 across the Rio Grande. They consisted mainly of Central American families and 23 unaccompanied children.https://t.co/QPCQL3HEN1 pic.twitter.com/U0v0YN8yLx
— Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings (@USBPChiefRGV) March 5, 2021
Today, in a time span of 6 hours, RGV agents with the assistance of local agencies shut down 3 human smuggling stash houses in the Rio Grande Valley. A total of 54 illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America were apprehended, to include 1 unaccompanied child. pic.twitter.com/FXXChaePSy
— Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings (@USBPChiefRGV) March 3, 2021
Over 900 lbs of marijuana seized in two separate smuggling attempts in Starr County, Texas.
Click the link to read about how these narcotic smugglers are abandoning their smuggling attempts and fleeing into Mexico at the sight of Border Patrol agents. https://t.co/czMYjhuzJg pic.twitter.com/fmGTvo90GN
— Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings (@USBPChiefRGV) March 2, 2021
RGV Riverine Unit rescue 13 from a sinking raft. This morning agents encountered a group of Central American families left stranded by smugglers in the middle of the Rio Grande. Their deflating raft took on water and was moments from sinking. 6 of those rescued were kids ages 1–9 pic.twitter.com/GxyhoknslL
— Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings (@USBPChiefRGV) March 4, 2021