EXCLUSIVE: Migrants Resort to Panhandling as Catch and Release Overwhelms West Texas Border Shelters

By Randy Clark | Breitbart News

DEL RIO, Texas — Recently released migrants in the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector of Texas were spotted panhandling for extra funds to reach their intended destinations in the U.S. this week. News leaked Tuesday that the sector is now releasing migrants without Notices to Appear (NTA) for removal proceedings or formal court dates to alleviate severe overcrowding in detention centers.

A Border Patrol union official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, provided photos of a convenience store where migrants are released and congregate as they determine how to reach their intended inland destinations. Given the fact that local non-governmental organizations’ capacities are already at maximum or are simply unavailable, some migrants are resorting to panhandling the store’s customers.

The union official blames the NTA policy shift. The policy, known as prosecutor discretion, will speed the release of migrants by not issuing NTAs for removal proceedings.