400 migrants in a single group pass through the small Texas border community

NORMANDY, Texas — About 400 migrants entered the small Texas community of Normandy in a single group of mostly adults. Mixed in with the group of migrants who crossed the Rio Grande on Sunday were several young children who were part of family units braving the sweltering heat.

Smugglers led the group of migrants across the Rio Grande and directed them to a nearby highway. As the migrants reached the highway, Eagle Pass Border Patrol agents arrived and began inventorying personal property and coordinating transportation. Breitbart Texas observed that migrants, many from Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia and Nicaragua, were sorted for transportation based on gender and family unit status.

The video shows single adult women and family units prioritized for transportation to a newly built Department of Homeland Security processing facility less than five miles away. According to officers on the ground, women and family units with young children are being transported first due to the severe heat wave affecting the area. Temperatures were consistently above 100 degrees Fahrenheit most days.

Border Patrol Sector Del Rio, which includes Normandy and Eagle Pass, leads the nation in arrests most days, according to a source in Customs and Border Protection. Arrests of migrants routinely exceed 1,500 a day in the Eagle Pass and Normandy regions. Rising apprehensions lead to a constant fight against overcrowding at processing facilities and border patrol posts in the region. The construction of the latest facility designed to accommodate 1,000 migrants brought some relief from overcrowding, but its capacity was exceeded shortly after it opened, the source said.

The large groups of migrants crossing the Rio Grande daily in the region, sometimes numbering more than 400 people, are more taxing on the agency’s resources but are only part of the Border Patrol’s apprehensions in the city. Surrounding Texas communities are regularly impacted by migrants who actively attempt to evade apprehension and drive through local farms and ranches, damaging fences and directing authorities in vehicle chases.

According to US Customs and Border Protection officials, 191,898 migrants were apprehended crossing the border illegally in June. The recently released report, as reported by Breitbart Texas, shows that 70% of the 1.6 million migrants apprehended in this fiscal year are single adults.

According to a CBP source, most of the migrants in Sunday’s group will be released to a non-governmental shelter and allowed to file asylum claims in the United States.

Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Division Chief of Law Enforcement Operations, directing the operations of nine Border Patrol posts in the Del Rio, Texas area. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.

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