UPDATED 10:16 AM PT — Friday, March 29, 2019
As another migrant caravan makes the dangerous trek to the U.S. southern border, immigration authorities are sounding the alarm over the rising number of border apprehensions.
According to Border Patrol, agents are being forced to release detained migrant families due to a lack of resources and overcrowded detention centers.
Agents are still doing medical screenings and criminal checks, but the decision means thousands of families will be released without first going through U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement. This agency is suppose to manage their deportation cases.
“Not a day goes by that I don’t see a report from the field that talks about somebody with an active warrant of arrest. Whether it’s from this country or from other countries. We had a recent individual from Ecuador. He had an outstanding warrant out for arrest of murder in Spain.”
— Rodolfo Karisch, Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Chief
Border agents are on track to make roughly 100,000 apprehensions at the southern border this month. This comes as Mexico has warned of a 20,000 person caravan making its way to the U.S. southern border. It has been deemed as “the mother of all caravans.”