150 Border Patrol agents from different parts of the country will be working in the Rio Grande Valley Sector. This temporary deployment comes in light of a recent increase in apprehensions along the south Texas Border.
The agents arrived at the Rio Grande Valley Sector last night and will remain at the Weslaco and McAllen Stations for the next 30 days to help Border Patrol fulfill two of its primary missions.
Manuel Padilla Jr., Border Patrol RGV Sector Chief said, “The first mission is our core mission of border security. Protecting the borders is our first priority. Then secondly, at this time we’re experiencing an increase of unaccompanied children and family units arriving in this area.”
Last month more than 46,000 people were apprehended along the southwest border. That’s about 6,500 more compared to the month of September.
Chief Padilla says the extra boots will help Border Patrol fulfill both of its missions simultaneously. But they are not calling this increase a crisis.
Chief Padilla said, “This is truly a proactive step in addressing and keeping up with rate of this increase before it does become a crisis mode.”
Chief Padilla wants to emphasize that this increase is not a crisis. Unlike the 2014 migrant crisis, Border Patrol is now better equipped to handle future increases of immigrants crossing into the United States.
Border Patrol officials say violence and poverty are still the root cause for the increase in immigrant crossings.