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Border Patrol shuts down checkpoints in NM to deal with migrants

Patrick Hayes
March 26, 2019 08:55 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The U.S. Border Patrol has shut down highway immigration checkpoints in the El Paso sector, which serves the entire state of New Mexico.

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A Border Patrol spokesperson said resources are being diverted to “process and ensure appropriate care” for people who crossed into the U.S. illegally.

The closure is expected to be temporary.

The El Paso sector has been overwhelmed with the number of people seeking asylum. Last week, two large groups were apprehended within minutes of each other in El Paso. Several large groups have also been taken into custody in southern New Mexico in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small said, “The closure of five Border Patrol checkpoints in New Mexico further highlights the lack of resources allocated to our rural stretches of the border. This is why I introduced bipartisan legislation to address the needs of Border Patrol in rural areas, starting with hiring and retention.”

As KOB previously reported, Torres Small recently filed legislation to help hire and retain Border Patrol agents in rural communities like those in southern New Mexico. 

“In the short term, though, we need to prioritize and redirect resources to the areas in the most need to help protect the safety of families, agents, and communities," said Torres Small.

According to CBP, in FY2018 agents seized more than 41,000 pounds of marijuana, 6,366 pounds of meth and 405 pounds of heroin at these types of checkpoints nationwide.

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