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ABC-7 Xtra: An in-depth look at the migrant crisis in El Paso

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- ABC-7 Xtra, Sunday edition, examines the migrant situation in our city as it continues to evolve by the day, a crisis intensifying to the point city officials were forced to close down Father Rahm avenue directly in front of sacred heart church.

The scenes are overwhelming, thousands of migrants camping out in front of that church.
Hundreds more are camping out near on the border after crossing the Rio Grande, the international border between the U.S and Mexico.

Making matters worse, tens of thousands more are expected to pour into the borderland once Title 42 in lifted on May 11.

City officials are rushing to open shelters, while current shelters are at capacity, tearing at the seams. 
Border Patrol and Customs and Border protection are processing migrants and releasing them, and there's no more room at processing shelters.

While many are being released by immigration law enforcement officials to the streets, just as many, if not more, are rushing through gaps in the border barrier.

ABC-7 went to Sacred Heart church to ask just how many were processed by border officials and have documentation, and how many do not.

We learned many never surrendered to Border Patrol agents, or presented themselves at a port of entry. Many say they endured harsh conditions in Juarez and just had to cross illegally, by the thousands, into El Paso.

Guests for Sunday Xtra included former Border Patrol chief for the El Paso sector, Silvestre Reyes, who is also a former U.S. Congressman. Also joining the conversation, Opportunity Homeless shelter director John Martin.

All guests agree, something needs to happen before Title 42 is lifted, possibly opening the floodgates to unprecedented numbers of migrants coming into the city.

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