Border Patrol agents in El Paso, Texas, nabbed more than 400 illegal immigrants on Tuesday — in the span of five minutes.
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The agents approached and apprehended two large groups within five minutes of each other early Tuesday morning.
The number of people from both groups totaled over 400. The first group apprehended contained 194 immigrants, while the second group contained had 252 people. Both groups were said to be illegally crossing the border in two separate areas in El Paso.
Federal officials said that both groups were comprised of both adults and children from Central America.
Over the last month, the El Paso sector of the U.S. Border Patrol has averaged about 570 apprehensions daily.
“In all, agents had already taken over 430 people into custody within the first three hours in what appears to be only the beginning of another busy day for the El Paso Sector Border Patrol,” officials said in a news release.
The release noted that the influx of illegal immigrants is beginning to tax local resources.
“These numbers continue to stretch the resources available to the U.S. Border Patrol to deal with this influx and the challenges that come with it,” the release added.
On Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said that immigration is on track to hit levels not seen in more than a decade. Nielsen made the remarks during her annual State of Homeland Security address at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
“I want to cut through the politics today to tell you loud and clear: There is no ‘manufactured’ crisis at our southern border. There is a real-life humanitarian and security catastrophe,” Nielsen insisted. “The situation at our southern border has gone from a crisis, to a national emergency, to a near system-wide meltdown.”
Nielsen revealed that the department is on track to accost approximately 100,000 immigrants in total by the end of March.
“The system is breaking, and our communities, our law enforcement personnel, and the migrants themselves are paying the price,” Nielsen warned.