McALLEN, Texas (AP) – Officials in South Texas say they’re struggling to continue providing services to a fresh wave of undocumented immigrants crossing the border.
City leaders in McAllen say a support center at Sacred Heart Catholic Church saw its busiest month in October since opening two years ago, with more than 5,600 immigrants recorded.
McAllen Mayor Jim Darling tells The Monitor newspaper that the city and local groups have spent nearly $1 million over two years to provide showers, tents and other needs.
The Rio Grande Valley leads the nation as the region with the most apprehensions of undocumented immigrants since 2014.
Hundreds of thousands of people have sought asylum along the U.S.-Mexico border in the last two years, many fleeing drug-fueled violence south of the border.