https://dailycaller.com/2021/05/02/exclusive-frontlines-border-crisis-hotspot-rio-grande-valley/

U.S. Border Patrol agents in Rio Grande Valley, Texas spend day and night apprehending hundreds of Central American migrants crossing into the U.S. illegally in record numbers.

The Rio Grande Valley sector is a “hotspot” for migrant crossings, and data shows that in 2021 the region has already seen a 25% increase in illegal crossings compared to the same time last year. In the month of March, U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions almost reached 170,000, with nearly 19,000 unaccompanied minors reaching the southern border, both record numbers.

The massive influx of migrants crossing into the U.S. illegally has created a housing crisis, with the Biden administration currently spending $60 million per week to shelter unaccompanied minors.

The Daily Caller spent several nights with U.S. Border Patrol agents in La Joya, Texas documenting and interviewing migrants crossing into the U.S. illegally who were apprehended and processed by agents.

“We are traveling to America because they want to kidnap our kids,” a migrant from Guatemala told the Caller after just crossing into south Texas illegally. “That’s why we are taking the risk of coming to this country.” (RELATED: Number Of Migrant Children Detained In HHS Facilities Nearly Doubled In April)

In January, President Joe Biden reversed former President Donald Trump’s policy, “Remain In Mexico,” that required asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico for American court hearings. Critics argue this has played a major factor in the influx of migrants entering the southern border as well as Mexico’s new law that prevents the country from accepting migrants traveling with young children.

“He was very racist and had no love for the people who are of humble means,” a female migrant told told the Caller as she approached Border Patrol, referencing why she didn’t come to the southern border when Trump was in office.

“Thank you for supporting us, we appreciate it,” another migrant told the Caller when asked if she had a message for Biden.

U.S. Reps. Brian Babin, R-Texas, and Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, both toured the migrant facility in Donna, Texas to see firsthand the conditions migrants were living in.

“They were literally almost on top of each other, they were laying on the floor in these plastic cages,” Jackson said. Pods in the Donna facility meant to hold 32 people are holding around 500 or more, Babin told the Caller.

Both congressmen provided exclusive photos to the Daily Caller of the facility in Donna.

Colored wristbands can be found littered on along the southern border in the Rio Grand Valley, with words like “arrivals” that were worn by migrants. According to U.S. Border Patrol officials, wristbands are used by cartels or human smuggling groups to track migrants who paid to cross illegally into the United States.

The Daily Caller spoke with two unaccompanied minors from El Salvador wearing green plastic wristbands with the word “arrivals.”

“They gave it to me in Mexico to cross the river,” said a young boy who told the Daily Caller his parents stayed back in El Salvador.

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