The number of undocumented immigrants being released by federal authorities in the Rio Grande Valley is soaring.
Last week close to 2,000 immigrants had been released by US Customs and Border Protection into McAllen, Harlingen and Brownsville.
Some who have been released to the Good Neighbor Settlement House in Brownsville, and the mayor shares how the city will cope with it.
“My responsibility as mayor and the people of this community, Brownsville deserve that we take care of their safety and welfare and that includes health issues etc.,” said Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez.
“Our first reaction is to make sure that whoever is released in our area is healthy and it’s illegal to release them if they’re not healthy so we addressed a little bit of that issue on Friday and we resolved it,” Martinez said.
Brownsville City Manager Noel Bernal told CNN that previously 50 people were being dropped off on a daily basis, but the number has averaged to 300 recently with more expected to be released in the coming days.
Although most migrants are not staying for more than one night making the city a temporary stop instead of a permanent one.