Border Patrol overcrowding numbers decreasing

By: Daniela Fierro Email
By: Daniela Fierro Email
According to Chief of the Laredo Fire Department, the Border Patrol facilities continue to be overcrowded, but the numbers have decreased since Sunday.

BP Commander Robert Harris says they are working as fast as possible to process all the immigrants.

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - Earlier this week we told you about overcrowding in cells at a local Border Patrol station.

Saturday, the Laredo Fire Marshal visited the border patrol station on Shiloh drive and found what it called occupancy violations in six cells.

Those cells had too many people in them to comply with the local fire code.

This week the head of the Laredo Sector talked openly about a recent surge of migrants it's getting in the Rio Grande Valley, and how cells in Laredo are helping control the overflow.

We checked back with the fire department today, which told us the overcrowding is still present, but it's also decreased.

We spoke to Border Patrol about this ongoing situation, which says it's really subject to change day-by-day.

A representative says they've reduced the number of immigrants shipped to Laredo sector for processing.

It's Border Patrol's responsibility to apprehend and process illegal immigrants before handing them over to immigration and customs enforcement.

Commander Robert Harris, the head of our region says the Laredo sector has a capacity for 11,000 detainees.

He says right now, a thousand immigrants per day are being caught in the Rio Grande Valley.

And that strain on South Texas Border Patrol is what's causing the problems here.

Commander Harris said in a press conference this week that nearly a third of immigrants now being captures in the valley are children.

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