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Facility Overcrowding Causes U.S. Border Patrol to Suspend Routine Patrols

With no Border Patrol agents available, a group of migrants surrenders to Texas National Guard soldiers. (Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)
With no Border Patrol agents available, a group of migrants surrenders to Texas National Guard soldiers. (Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

All field operations within the Border Patrol’s Del Rio Sector were suspended due to overcrowding at processing facilities, according to a source within U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The absence of agents performing their border security mission was noticeable as migrants crossed the Rio Grande and searched for authorities to surrender to on Sunday.

Breitbart Texas posted along several of the busiest crossings along the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass where migrants continued to surrender to Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and soldiers with the Texas Army National Guard. In one instance, three migrants forded the river and attempted to surrender to Breitbart Texas. The three Nicaraguan migrants were directed to state authorities more than one-half a mile from their crossing point.

Several other migrants crossed the Rio Grande on Sunday unabated by authorities. Immigration and police entities staged in Mexico attempted to stop several migrants from fording the river but were unsuccessful.

One migrant attempting the crossing struggled with the river’s strong currents but ultimately reached the United States safely. There were no law enforcement officers nearby to receive the migrant who later searched the banks for authorities where he could surrender.

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