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Border Patrol Begins Releasing Illegal Immigrants In Texas – FacilitiesOverflowing

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DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector have begun releasing detainees on their own recognizance.

Del Rio Sector has experienced a significant rise in the number of family units arrested throughout the sector. This demographic is challenging in that they cannot be immediately returned to their country of origin. U.S. Border Patrol processing centers are not designed to house the current numbers of families and small children that we are encountering. Due to capacity issues at our stations and the ongoing humanitarian crisis nationwide, Border Patrol has begun identifying detainees for potential release in Eagle Pass with a notice to appear for their immigration hearings.

Del Rio Sector will continue to coordinate with stakeholders in the local community, including other law enforcement agencies and elected officials.

US Customs and Border Protection hosted a press conference with Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in El Paso, Texas to discuss the impact of the dramatic increase in illegal crossings that continue to occur along the Southwest border. 

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