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El Paso County Judge discusses expected migrant surge over the coming months

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego sat down with ABC-7 Monday. He said that the county has seen a rise in the number of migrants coming into the Borderland recently.

Judge Samaniego said it can take longer to process Venezuelan migrants, compared to other migrant groups in the past. Right now, a high percentage of migrants are from Venezuela.

"The reason the insurance has struggled is there's no large Venezuelan community. It wasn't before. Historically, they didn't migrate into the United States. Colombians from Guatemala and all these other places, they have huge communities that can receive them. They have the resources.," said Samaniego.

Earlier this week, ABC-7 spoke with John Martin, the Director of the Opportunity Center for the Homeless, on his expectations for the number of migrants crossing into the El Paso area over the coming months.

"I believe -- and I hope to be proven wrong -- that we're on the crest of a third wave." Martin explained. "However, I think this wave is going to be a bit different from the other two. They're not going to form as quickly as they did. I think it's going to slowly build to the point of being a crisis."

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