Honduran migrant Joaquin Padilla Nunez paid little attention to the paperwork U. Customs and Border Protection gave him after he crossed the Rio Grande during the weekend with his wife and 2-year-old daughter. A half dozen of the migrants at the shelter had been issued similar, abbreviated paperwork. As they watched their children clamber around a playground outside the church school where they had slept, the migrants debated whether their paperwork would allow them to remain in the country legally, to travel, work and register their kids for school. Border Patrol has become overwhelmed trying to rapidly gather information and screen migrant families at already overcrowded border holding areas before deciding whether to release, detain or expel them. Agents are on pace to reach a year high in the number of migrants they encounter on the border, mostly in the Rio Grande Valley : More than , since the fiscal year started in October, more than they saw there in all of the previous year.
Texas congressman releases photos of children sleeping on mats in Border Patrol facility
Border Patrol facility: Photos show migrant children sleeping on mats
The USBP is the armed and uniformed federal police that secure the borders of the United States by detecting and preventing undocumented immigrants , terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States, and prevent illegal trafficking of people and contraband. With 19, agents in ,  the Border Patrol is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the United States. The current chief of the Border Patrol is Rodney Scott. Mounted watchmen of the United States Department of Commerce and Labor patrolled the border in an effort to prevent illegal crossings as early as , but their efforts were irregular and undertaken only when resources permitted.
Photos released by Democratic Rep. The Biden administration has not allowed journalists to independently visit the facilities, but several lawmakers have visited sites. Democratic Rep.
Administration officials have steadfastly refused to call the detention of more than 15, children in U. But they have stymied most efforts by outsiders to decide for themselves. Officials barred nonprofit lawyers who conduct oversight from entering a Border Patrol tent where thousands of children and teenagers are detained.