KRGV-TV -- Weslaco, Texas -- Surge in Arrest Creates Backlog at Border Patrol Station McAllen -- Border Patrol officials say a surge in apprehensions of illegal immigrants is to blame for the current backlog at the Border Patrol station in McAllen.
An anonymous viewer sent CHANNEL 5 NEWS images of the overcrowded conditions at the facility. The processing area at the station is not designed to house immigrants, but the growing backlog forces agents to keep them at the facility longer than usual.
"First and foremost, when we catch these people we bring them into to the sally port. We are going to hold them there before taking them into the actual holding facility," Border Patrol Spokesman Henry Mendiola said.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS showed Mendiola the images and video sent by the anonymous source.
"Any time you have a surge of apprehensions, such as whatever day that was, it becomes a management problem for us," Mendiola said.
Mendiola confirmed that the flow of immigrants through the Rio Grande Valley has reached record numbers "We are continuing to see the increase," he said. American Patrol Report Four Senators will visit the border next Wednesday --- at the same time ABP will be hosting a visiting TV crew from Switzerland.
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