GRANJENO, Texas – The number of undocumented children and families arriving at the South Texas border continues to climb. Border Patrol has now requested and deployed more than 100 extra agents to help with this surge.
Other than roosters crowing and dogs barking, few things disturb this otherwise quiet border community of Granjeno; a centuries-old town that sits half a mile from the U.S. – Mexico boundary.
“Here as soon as it gets dark at night you start hearing the dogs barking,” said Vicente Garza, a long-time Granjeno resident.
Garza is one of more than 300 residents that settled here many generations ago, and for as long as he can remember he’s seen undocumented people cross through his property.
“I’ve had experience where they’ll be chasing after them and they’re up behind my house,” Garza said.
Garza was the town’s first mayor back in the early 90’s and has advocated for border security since, not in the form of a wall, but manpower.
Now, as a second surge of undocumented families pours over the border, 150 agents from other border patrol sectors have been brought in to help with the load.
“We’re having higher numbers than usual so we need that taken care of,” said Border Patrol spokeswoman Marlene Castro. “It’s family units and the unaccompanied children so we can maintain the integrity of our border security we have those agents coming in to help us process the women and children.”
The number of families has surpassed that of 2013 when the humanitarian crisis began. People in Granjeno have taken notice and Garza only hopes that those crossing over are here with good intentions.
“It does affect as far as our security because you have a lot of people in those groups that you don’t know who they are,” added Garza.
The additional Border Patrol agents are for the Rio Grande Valley sector and will remain for 30 days, with the possibility for 30 more depending on the conditions on the ground.
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