DEL RIO, Texas – The United States Border Patrol Del Rio Sector reported a record number of single-day apprehensions on Monday.
“These increased arrests and especially the rise in family unit and unaccompanied alien children apprehensions have put an enormous strain on our personnel and infrastructure,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Randy Davis. “Our facilities were never designed to house these vulnerable populations on this scale, and certainly not for any length of time.”
On May 20, Border Patrol agents in the Del Rio Sector arrested nearly 400 people, making it the sector’s busiest day in more than 10 years. Since October 1, 2018, arrests have increased 200 percent from last year, totaling over 29,000 individuals to date. Of these, over 16,500 have either been a part of a family unit or an unaccompanied alien child. This vulnerable demographic has risen dramatically, now over 750 percent in comparison to the same period of time last year.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.