The U.S. Border Patrol has temporarily shut down immigration checkpoints in the El Paso sector to allow agents to process the influx of migrants crossing into the U.S., according to a CBP spokesperson.
CBP officials say agents are being “diverted from other border security priorities” to “ensure appropriate care for those in custody.”
According to a Border Patrol news release, agents in the El Paso sector are averaging about 570 apprehensions a day, with 90 percent happening in the El Paso metropolitan area.
“The United States Border Patrol (USBP) continues to apprehend illegal alien families and unaccompanied children in steadily increasing numbers,” CBP officials wrote in a statement. “This is intended as a temporary measure. Checkpoints are integral to USBP’s border security mission.”