The Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Sector which includes Maverick County has experienced a significant rise in the number of family units arrested throughout the sector this fiscal year as compared to last year.
Up to the month of March family units detained through the sector have increased by 636 % as compared to the same time period in 2018.
During the fiscal year 2019 (up to March) there have been 8,401 family units apprehended as compared to 2018 which had 1,141 an increased difference of 7,260.
This increase has created a crisis throughout the Del Rio Sector which has led to the catch and release of hundreds of undocumented immigrants, something not done since 2014. Federal ICE Detention Centers are full to capacity and the problem continues to grow,
U.S. Border Patrol processing and detention centers are not designed to house the current numbers of families and small children that USCBP is encountering.
Due to capacity issues and the ongoing humanitarian crisis nationwide, Border Patrol has begun identifying detainees for potential release with a notice to appear for their immigration hearings.
During the month of February 2019, the Del Rio Sector saw a 497 % increase in Family Unit Apprehensions as compared to the same month in 2018 going from 933 apprehensions to 5,569.