McALLEN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol officials say a region in South Texas overwhelmed by immigrant children illegally crossing into the U.S. has detained fewer minors in the last 10 days.
Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Kevin Oaks said Thursday that his facilities had been holding as many as 1,200 unaccompanied children, but they now have less than 200. The facilities usually hold minors for up to 72 hours.
Oaks says about 80 unaccompanied minors were detained Wednesday. That compares to as many as 200 to 300 arrests daily at the height of the surge, according to Border Patrol agent Roel Rodriguez, who will be running a new processing center opening Friday in McAllen.
More than 57,000 unaccompanied child immigrants have been arrested since October, more than double compared to the previous year.