Total immigration apprehensions in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, the nation’s heaviest trafficked illegal crossing sector, has surged in the past months, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revealed in a statement Monday.
CBP reported: “Less than seven months into the fiscal year, the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol Sector has apprehended more than 164,000 people to date, surpassing the total number of apprehensions made in fiscal year 2018.”
The statement also pointed out that border patrol agents in the region arrest over 1,100 people each day on average.
The agency has been devoting more resources to the surging numbers of migrant families crossing the southern border.
The Border Patrol is apprehending thousands of families weekly at the U.S.-Mexico border. Many of them are parents and children fleeing Central America and seeking asylum.