UPDATED 9:55 AM PT – Fri. January 4, 2019
The Department of Homeland Security is being forced to release thousands of detained illegal immigrant families into the U.S. due to overcrowded detention centers.
According to DHS, 2,000 illegal immigrants arrested at the southern border have been released over the past few weeks.
The department said there are major overcrowding issues at detention centers in Yuma, Arizona, San Diego, California, and El Paso, Texas, and there is simply not enough beds to accommodate large families.
There is also the policy issue that prevents immigration officials from detaining families longer than three weeks.
During a recent cabinet meeting with the president, DHS Secretary Kristjen Nielsen called on Congress to reform laws that allow illegal aliens to flood into the U.S.
Meanwhile, border patrol agents in San Diego said they’ve seen a dramatic increase in violence recently.
According to data released by the agency, violence at the border has increased by 300% over last year.
This up-tick in reported incidents is being blamed on the migrant caravans which has overwhelmed Tijuana and U.S. immigration officials.
The new numbers come after agents were forced to deploy tear gas after a migrant caravan attempted to rush the border and began throwing rocks and bottles at agents.
Agents said the fights are being organized, by political groups for the express purpose of provoking a confrontation. They argue having a barrier not only protects national security, but it protects agents as well.