EAGLEPASS, Texas — A Texas border town leads the country in illegal migrant crossings. Nearly 10,000 migrants illegally crossed the border into Eagle Pass, Texas, during the past six days, according to a source operating under the umbrella of U.S Customs and Border Protection.
Eagle Pass was once a place with less migrant apprehensions that most southwest border cities. However, it is the center of the ongoing border crisis under Biden’s administration. The source says migrant apprehensions in the city numbered nearly 10,000 over a six-day period ending on July 9 making it the leading crossing point in the nation for migrants.
By comparison, the entire Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector, once the busiest region along the Texas-Mexico border saw slightly more than 7,000 migrant apprehensions in the same six-day period. This sector is more than 300 border mile along Rio Grande, and it was patrolled by six different stations.
The source, not authorized to speak to the media, told Breitbart Texas that the migrant apprehension rate in and around the city of Eagle Pass alone is more than 1,500 per day. Eagle Pass is the most populated area of the Border Patrol’s Del Rio Sector due to the increased migrant flow. Breitbart Texas reported that 1 ,772 migrant was arrested earlier in July after having crossed the Rio Grande north of Houston.
Migrants included in the more than 500 group on this day consisted mainly of single adult Venezuelans. More than 150 migrants came from Cuba. More than 100 members of the groups were from Colombia, Peru, Nicaragua, Iran, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Chile, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, and Mexico.
Migrants groups greater than 300 traverse the Rio Grande every day near Eagle Pass. They have now become the norm, according to the source. The source worries about the effects of the high summer temperatures that now exceed more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit on most days. According to the source, heat-related diseases and the high volume of crossers are straining resources at the Border Patrol.
” We have water reserves at the busiest crossings. However, it does not always work,” the source said to Breitbart Texas. We have emergency medical personnel on call, but routinely we rely on local fire departments’ ambulances to transport those in worse condition to the nearest hospital .”
The volume of cross-border crossings puts pressure on the Border Patrol’s detention facilities in the city. The source says overcrowding is the norm with more than 2,000 migrants being detained in a soft-sided processing center designed to hold only 500.
The source says less than 3,000 migrants of the nearly 10,000 migrants apprehended over the six-day period were immediately returned to Mexico under the CDC’s Title 42 emergency authority. Most of the remaining 7,000 were released to a local non-government shelter in the city where the migrants will be afforded transportation further into the United States.
Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Before his retirement, Clark was the Division Chief of Law Enforcement Operations and directed operations at nine Border Patrol Stations in the Del Rio Sector, Texas. Follow him @RandyClarkBBTX.