US Customs and Border Patrol reports they have reached a breaking point


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US Customs and Border Patrol reports they have reached a breaking point

The number of migrant families entering the U.S. from Mexico is so high that Border Patrol is immediately going to release them not back to Mexico, but instead, into the local US communities where they are being held, forcing local governments to help coordinate their housing, meals, and travel.

Agents are conducting medical and criminal screenings, but the decision means thousands of families will be released without first going through U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, which is assigned to manage their deportation cases.

The Del Rio and Rio Grande Valley sectors in Texas and the Yuma, Arizona, sector earlier announced that agents would begin to release families on their own recognizance.

A Border Patrol official, not authorized to speak on the matter told Associated Press Wednesday that El Paso and San Diego planned on doing the same.

Arrests all along the southern border have skyrocketed in recent months. Border agents are on track to make 100,000 arrests and denials of entry at the border this month, over half of which are families with children.

In order to manage the massive influx, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reassigning 750 border inspectors from their usual duties at the ports of entry to help Border Patrol keep pace with arrivals in between ports of entry. The head of the agency held a press conference in El Paso on Wednesday to say the breaking point had arrived.

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