Listen: Rosanna Ramirez Penny Loza, Anthony Preveze Nick And Gatto discussed on All Things Considered
"Because this is a situation that the border patrol is not resource or geared to deal with Anthony Preveze Nick is the chief patrol agent in Yuma. He says the number of migrant families crossing in his sector is on pace to double. Again, this year provides Nick says his agents are spending hours caring for the migrants in their custody picking up hundreds of hamburgers at a time from McDonald's and waiting with them at the hospital, if they need medical attention, you need additional man. Power to deal with the population that we have to essentially babysit and that takes border patrol agents away from national security border security mission to deal with a humanitarian mission. The White House has asked for eight hundred million dollars in humanitarian aid for the border and for more agents. Congress is still trying to hammer out the details, including funding for more border wall, though, far less than what the president wanted. But none of that is likely to stop these migrant families, and it's not just the border patrol that is scrambling to adjust. About half a mile south of the border in a town called San Luis real Colorado Martine Salgado runs a small migrant shelter. This house wasn't made originally Gatto says it was primarily a way station for migrant men trying to get to the US to work. But now sell Gatto says the majority of migrants are women and children seeking asylum. Year-ago this lot of wings. This big. Sounds like a school yard, right? Right before this was a place to bunk for night or two, but now few migrant families are sleeping here. That's because they're afraid to lose their place in line for chance to apply for asylum. At the port of entry that line has grown longer in recent months as US officials limit applications that just a few families a day migrant families returned to the shelter just to eat shower and wash their clothes demand about these are good people my own village economic. Imagine anyone being helpful and giving Rosanna Ramirez penny Loza left Guerrero in southern Mexico with her three children she has two daughters. The youngest ten months old and a son who's eleven Ramirez says gang members in their hometown tried to recruit him"