El Paso group of over 430 | Photo courtesy Border Patrol
While the nation paused to reflect during Memorial Day, Border Patrol Agents were busy taking more than 2,200 migrants who entered the country illegally into custody.
According to Border Patrol officials, Memorial Day was the busiest recent day of enforcement activity for El Paso Sector Border Patrol Agents during the ongoing influx.
The 2,200 apprehensions included two large groups and many smaller ones.
The busy day began in the boot heel of New Mexico with a large group of over 200 illegal aliens apprehended near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry just after 2 a.m.
A second group, which officials say was one of the largest processed in El Paso Sector thus far with over 430 people. This group crossed the border just west of Bowie High School at around 7 a.m.
By the end of the day, the El Paso Sector Agents had apprehended over 2,200 migrants, with 1,850 of those being taken into custody in the geographic area between Executive Boulevard and Midway Street in El Paso.
“U.S. Border Patrol Agents continue to deal with this influx of illegal aliens entering our country with no respect for our immigration laws,” the emailed statement from Border Patrol officials read. “This fiscal year to date the El Paso Sector has arrested over 130 thousand illegal aliens, compared to over 16,000 during the same time last fiscal year. The numbers continue to rise and agents see no end in sight for this current situation.“
Officials added that the groups were comprised of mostly Central American families and unaccompanied children.
All were taken into custody for processing to include initial medical screenings; they will then remain in U.S. Border Patrol custody until they are processed accordingly.