As Trump administration confronts the migrant crisis, detention centers are now clearing out.
Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Rodolfo Karisch : “The number of people we were holding here in the summer was 9,000, and if you look through the entire sector now we only have 1,000 people in custody, so it shows how numbers have steadily declined, primarily because of the assistance we’ve received from Mexico, but also initiatives like MPP … that have reduced the flow,” he said. In Donna, Karisch said roughly 400 people in custody are spread across three facilities.
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But now, the situation on the ground has changed significantly.
Amid a series of sweeping actions from the Trump administration — including the expansion of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) that return migrants to Mexico to await their immigration hearings, increased cooperation with countries south of the border like Guatemala, and new border wall — apprehensions have declined dramatically by more than 70 percent since May.
It means that a number of the soft-sided facilities here in Texas, which were packed during the summer, are now sparsely populated by comparison.
Migrants mill around in holding areas, wat ching movies on big-screen TVs and playing soccer in the vast empty spaces. At a facility in Donna, Texas, which new Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf toured last week, accompanied by Fox News, there were storage units with piles of clothes, food, drinks and snacks piled high for migrants brought to the center. More
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