Via El Paso Times:
“The influx of Central American migrants topped more than 1,000 detentions Wednesday in El Paso, straining U.S. Border Patrol resources, officials warned.
Migrant crossings continued Thursday with groups walking across the Rio Grande from Executive Center Boulevard in West El Paso to the area near Yarbrough Drive and the Zaragoza Bridge in the Lower Valley.
More than 1,000 men, women and children were detained by the end of Wednesday in El Paso after crossing the border onto U.S. soil to surrender to agents along the border fence, said Border Patrol Agent Jose Romero, an agency spokesman.
“The challenge is that the numbers are not a record, but back then (more than a decade ago) we were dealing mostly with adult Mexican males, which means we could arrest, process and remove them to their country of origin in hours,” Romero said.
The number of detentions Wednesday is more than double the daily average and includes only El Paso and not the Border Patrol’s entire El Paso Sector, which covers all of New Mexico and part of West Texas, Romero added.
Most of those detained are Central American migrants seeking asylum. The number of migrants has been growing for weeks, and they have filled shelters in Juárez, Mexico.
The huge number of migrants is also straining Border Patrol resources, Romero said.
“We have a shortage of manpower, plus our agents are being pulled to secondary duties, such as processing, feeding and transportation” of detainees, Romero said.
The Border Patrol is “utilizing different tools, including the wall, to maintain control,” Romero explained. “First and foremost, border security is our primary mission.”
The agency has repeatedly warned that the migrants who are surrendering en masse are being used as a diversion to mask criminal activities.
“The groups are being crossed strategically by the cartels to create security gaps to push through the rapists and felons, the criminal aliens,” Romero said. “They are the ones who aren’t coming and turning themselves in.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection leaders this week said the U.S. faces a “border security and humanitarian crisis” while highlighting the rise in apprehensions in El Paso.
Immigrant shelters busy in El Paso
A network of temporary immigrant shelters in El Paso-Las Cruces is filling up as migrants are released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.
“We still have our head above water, but I don’t know for how long,” said Ruben Garcia, executive director of Annunciation House, which coordinates the shelter network.
Shelters have received nearly 2,500 migrants this week. By comparison, shelters were receiving about 200 migrants a week about a year ago, Garcia said.
It is difficult to know why migrants are now choosing to cross at the El Paso-Juárez border, said Garcia, who is concerned the region is becoming the border’s main migrant crossing site.
Migrants usually stay about two days at temporary shelters in El Paso before making their way to their destinations in other parts of the United States.
“We have started receiving some families from Angola, the Congo, African nations,” Garcia said. “Some have no one to go to (in the U.S.), and they aren’t going to go on. That’s a particular concern.”
Garcia previously had described 2018 as the “busiest year ever” for local immigrant shelters. But current trends could surpass last year.
Immigration numbers historically increase in the spring months of March, April and May as the weather gets warmer.”
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We Build the Wall Builds First Half-Mile Section of Border Wall in New Mexico – in Four Days
TENNESSEE STAR: The group We Build the Wall announced Monday it has completed construction of a large section of wall spanning between a half-mile and a mile along an open area of the Southern border previously believed to be unbuildable.
According to a story by The Washington Times, the wall section is along the southern border in New Mexico, and the organization says that is a first in the history of the border.
The wall is made of 18-foot steel bollard like what the Border Patrol uses, the Times said.
Just late last week, a federal judge ordered a halt to part of President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration and shifting of money within the Pentagon to make up for Congress’s refusal to fund the wall, the Timessaid.
The new section closes a gap that was between the end of the El Paso, Texas border wall and Mount Cristo Rey, across from the City of Juarez, The Gateway Pundit said.
“The gap is a half mile wide corridor and it’s literally a parking lot on the Mexican side and then you walk five steps and you are in the parking lot on the American side. There’s no barbed wire. There’s not ANY barrier. You just walk from one parking lot to the other.”
In the past, groups over a hundred in size on a typical evening would often come through this particular corridor. And while the border patrol is dealing with all the people down at the bottom of the gap in the flat area the cartels would be sending drugs up on the side of the mountain with no border control interference at all.
The new section of wall is on private property where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers previously said it would not be possible to build – a belief Kolfage and his team took as a challenge along with builder Tommy Fisher, owner of Fisher Sand and Gravel (pictured with Kris Kobach, left).
Kolfage said his group will sell the wall to the federal government for $1. His cost was between $6 million to $8 million.
Kolfage also tweeted video of the wall’s construction: “The people’s wall is unveiled! The first segment is nearly complete!! DONATE NOW to help fund more walls! http://www.gofundme.com/thetrumpwall ”.
The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has talked about the construction of a new wall at the border, Breitbart said last week, adding that 38 miles as of March 21 have been built.
In a statement provided to Breitbart News two months ago, a CBP spokesperson said the 38 miles of newly constructed wall system “provides new capability by replacing ineffective or dilapidated infrastructure, such as Normandy-style barriers designed only to stop vehicles, not people on foot.”
The majority of the border has remained open as the Department of Homeland Security replaces existing fencing rather than expanding barriers.
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