EL PASO, Texas -- New numbers from Customs and Border Protection show that in the last few weeks, the El Paso sector is averaging 1,633 encounters a day, as a new county-funded migrant processing center is set to open in a week.
Those numbers can be far greater, though, as KVIA learned after speaking with Deputy City Manager Mario D'Agostino on Tuesday. He said there were 4,400 migrant encounters on Monday and Tuesday, almost 100 encounters per hour in that 48-hour stretch.
“We do not control the people that are coming here, but we manage the situation. That’s all we can do," County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said about the current situation.
The county will open a new migrant processing center next week to help with decompression efforts as El Paso experiences a heavy influx of migrants.
CBP says their Central Processing Center on Hondo Pass has 3,200 daily migrant holdings. A combination of the city's Welcome Center, non-governmental agencies, and decompression flights to other areas along the border are preventing backlogs and releases of migrants into El Paso streets.