By Kaylee Greenlee
Daily Caller News Foundation
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Illegal migrants are repeatedly held outside overnight, sometimes in the rain and cold, without cover for them or law enforcement officials working to process them after they arrive in the Rio Grande Valley sector of southern Texas.
The Daily Caller News Foundation saw hundreds of illegal migrants held overnight where a handful of law enforcement officials, including a few Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents worked on gathering biographical data while waiting hours for transportation near La Joya, Texas, on March 24 and March 27. CBP officials repeatedly refused to confirm or deny the situation in the Rio Grande Valley.
CBP agents are occupied with field processing groups of hundreds of illegal migrants mostly made up of family units and unaccompanied minors, who frequently wait up to 10 hours before moving to facilities due to a lack of available transportation, two active CBP agents told the DCNF.
Officials typically encounter the illegal migrants in poorly lit and unsecured areas where migrants are held for hours without access to bathrooms, an agent told the DCNF. The officials are only able to provide the migrants with water, so they won’t be given food until they are taken to a processing facility.
“I don’t think what we do matters. We are only social workers. D.C. doesn’t care, and they don’t want us to do our jobs or succeed.