Despite sweltering temperatures, Border Patrol has seen an increase in undocumented immigrants crossing the border.
“I was getting paid 1,000 pesos a week and that wasn’t enough to provide food for my family. So I came over here,” said 20-year-old Eduardo Gasco, an undocumented immigrant from Guanajuato, Mexico.
Gasco is just one of hundreds of immigrants that continue to risk their lives attempting to cross the border, looking for work and a better opportunity. Two years ago, things were a lot worse when the Border Patrol saw a surge of unaccompanied minors and families illegally crossing the border mostly from Central America. Border Patrol says they’ve seen a 25% increase this fiscal year.
“We learned a lot of things with the surge in 2014. So we’re actually better prepared, we’ve expanded the detention center. It’s not something that will overwhelm us, we’re prepared,” said Marlene Castro, spokesperson for the Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector.