LAREDO, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol’s South Texas commander is to address the agency’s efforts to handle the overwhelming flow of immigrants into the region this year. Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley surpassed last year’s immigrant arrest total last week, less than eight months into the fiscal year. The sector in southernmost Texas has nearly 160,000 arrests since Oct. 1, 2013. Laredo Sector Chief Robert Harris, who oversees all sectors in South Texas, will speak Friday about operations in the region. The agency has brought in additional agents from other sectors to help with what has become by far the busiest illegal immigration corridor on the Southwest border. Some immigrants are also being bused and even flown to other sectors to be processed.
Lynch said his information, which comes from “the guys who are down there” on the border, indicates that the Border Patrol there is nearing the point of collapse.
“What they told me is worse than I’ve ever been told before,” said Lynch, adding that he is being told there are a stunning 2,000 arrests of illegal immigrants a day in the Rio Grande Valley.
Lynch said the influx of immigrants from Central America, not Mexico, is becoming more than the Border Patrol in Texas can handle.
“The big driver of it all is the promise of amnesty. That’s what they’re all being told. We’re at the point right now where people are coming across and they’re just handing themselves in because they know they’re not going to be sent back,” said Lynch. “It’s so bad I don’t even know what to say anymore.”
Lynch explained that many illegal immigrants are just being brought to bus depots, where they’re taking buses to whatever area of the U.S. they want.