Border Patrol responds to mismanagement claims

By: Daniela Fierro Email
By: Daniela Fierro Email

After claims against management by the local Border Patrol Union, the head of Border Patrol in south Texas is responding to charges of overcrowding and stretching agency resources.

Both Cuellar and the union's representative are expressing concern about border security in light of increased demands on agents.

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) -- After claims against management by the local Border Patrol Union, the head of Border Patrol in south Texas is responding to charges of overcrowding and stretching agency resources.

Commander Robert Harris says what's been straining agents locally, is an increasing number of migrants crossing into Rio Grande Valley and are being shipped to Laredo.

He told reporters today that up to a 1,000 migrants are being picked up in the sector per day.

Of those picked up, 400 immigrants are being shipped here to Laredo sector.

He says many of those getting picked up now are actually from Central America and not from Mexico.

That means it's taking more time to get them ready for deportation.

And more resources to hold them here.

Harris says his command is currently holding more than 5,000 detainees across Texas.

Nearly a third of them are children.

And more than a 1,000 are being held here in Laredo sector.

Earlier this week we reported a Laredo Fire Marshal's inspection that found overcrowding code violations in local detention cells.

Harris says he's working to manage that problem as best as possible, but he adds that the overcrowding might continue.

Commander Harris also confirmed that agents are releasing some migrants they arrest on U.S. soil with orders to return to a later court date.

He says it's happening more frequently with cases of mothers and children.


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