EL PASO, TEXAS - A shelter director in the Texas border city of El Paso says his agency has served 1,300 people just in the last five days after they were released by U.S. immigration authorities.
Ruben Garcia of Annunciation House said Thursday that Garcia estimates his organization is spending $150,000 a month for rooms because there isn't enough shelter space. More than 500 people arrived just on Wednesday.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein called Thursday for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing early next year regarding the deaths of two children in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody.
In a letter to Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Feinstein, D-Calif., requested a hearing "on the care and treatment of children in the custody of Customs and Border Protection." Graham is set to chair the committee in the new year.
Read my letter calling for a hearing on the deaths of two young children in Border Patrol custody this month.
Sister Norma Pimentel of Catholic Charities in Texas' Rio Grande Valley says her respite center is also serving more people than usual.
The Department of Homeland Security has come under harsh scrutiny after the second death of a migrant child in U.S. custody in three weeks.
A DHS spokeswoman says the U.S. is in "an immigration crisis.''