The Texas Tribune reported on February 1 that Texas Governor Greg Abbot and Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) have requested an explanation from DHS Secretary Johnson why the budget for aerial patrolling of the Texas border with Mexico is projected to be cut in half while the entry of illegal aliens has surged.
According to the report, during the last three months of 2015 the number of unaccompanied minors (UAMs) detained by the Border Patrol in the Rio Grande sector more than doubled over the previous year to about 10,560 UAMs. Family units with at least one parent and adolescent jumped by 170 percent to 14,336 persons. The surge was also experienced in the El Paso sector, where 1,030 UAMs were detained – up by 300 percent over last year.
The Rio Grande sector has in past years had more apprehensions of illegal entrants than the combined other four sectors spanning the Texas border with Mexico. It has also been the sector most targeted by the surging tide of illegal immigration from Central America.