As President Trump threatens to close border, migrants crowd Texas cities

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Hundreds of migrant families are crowding the Texas cities because the permanent processing facilities ran out of space. 

On Saturday, the USA TODAY reported  that U.S. Customs and Border Protection are providing temporary tents along the Texas border connecting with Mexico. 

About 800 migrants are being bussed miles away everyday to a Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. The respite center organizers aren’t used to handling the numbers of overpowering crowds. Local leaders and volunteers have been trying to deal it. 

“It’s staggering,” McAllen City Manager Roy Rodriguez said. “Really, we’ve never seen anything like this before.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan says after visiting the El Paso  Wednesday that the border has hit its :breaking point” and urged Congress to establish a legistlative plan.

McAleenan says the Border Patrol agents expect to see more than 100,000 apprehensions and encounters with migrants in March, the highest monthly total in over a decade. Around 90,000 crossed the border between legal ports of entry.

Majority of those crossing between ports of entry are seeking aslyum by turn themselves into Border Patrol agents. 

“The surge numbers are just overwhelming the entire system,” McAleenan said.

The president tweeted a threat Friday to close the U.S.-Mexico border if Mexico didn’t stop undocumented migrants from coming. 

Recently El Paso City Council and County Commissioners voted to fund a position that would help coordinate volunteers. Mayor Dee Margo said the city will seek reimbursement from the federal government. 

Rodriguez, the city manager, said he’s dedicated several city officials to control the problem and the city’s spending thousands of taxpayer dollars a day on the buses and other services.

He says in 2014 Central American migrants strained city resources after applying for $6000,000 in disaster funds, and only receieved $140,000 years later. 

“This is very similar to what we saw then,” Rodriguez said. “It’s real people and real time and real money.”

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