This week CNN revealed a series of photos that showed children and other immigrant families sleeping on floors at camps set up along the U.S. Mexico border, where families have been detained for days, weeks or months as await to apply for asylum.
“Again, Border Patrol agents are doing everything they can to protect and care for migrants in their temporary custody. Border Patrol stations are simply not equipped to handle the number of families and children arriving along the southwest border, and we need Congress to act to provide immediate relief,” an official from the Department of Homeland Security told CNN.
According to reports, in the month of April, Border Patrol agents arrested more than 98,000 undocumented migrants, and for the entire year, the number has already exceeded 500,000.
Border Patrol stations are in charge of processing undocumented migrants, but in the last year, overcrowding has led to horrific conditions, in which children and families are found waiting outside, sleeping on the ground, for long periods of time. Officials are now transporting families to other facilities to speed up the processing time and move them out of the facilities more efficiently.
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