SAN BERNARDINO (Reuters) – A surge in migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border has pushed immigration detention facilities in California to capacity, forcing U.S. Border Patrol to release many at bus stations in the state for the first time, the agency said on Monday.
U.S. Border Patrol in the El Centro area of southern California said it began to drop migrants off at San Bernardino’s Greyhound Station on Wednesday after it ran out of room to hold them.
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“It was a decision that was made because they couldn’t take any more families and obviously we cannot keep them in custody for much longer because we are at capacity,” said Miguel Garcia, acting assistant chief patrol agent.
Meanwhile, the Indio bus station has been selling out of tickets, forcing Border Patrol agents to transport the migrants further from the border, to the San Bernardino Greyhound station.
“The whole system is under severe pressure,” said a Border Patrol agent.
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