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Border Patrol: Incomplete cross-border tunnel discovered in AZ

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A group of 1,036 migrants that crossed the border illegally in El Paso, Texas, is the largest the Border Patrol has ever encountered, the agency said Thursday.

Yet all the media does is quote people like John-Michael Torres, a spokesman for the group La Unión Del Pueblo Entero, who told the Texarkana Gazette that when the first "tents" were erected in Donna, and 796 miles to the west in El Paso, Trump was merely "using children and other vulnerable people to manufacture a crisis at the southern border".

The group included 934 people in families, 63 unaccompanied children and 39 single adults, authorities said. "Through our continued collaboration and partnership, the US and Guatemala are formalizing a number of initiatives to improve the lives and security of our respective citizens by combating human trafficking and the smuggling of illegal goods, helping to limit "push" factors that encourage unsafe irregular migration to the USA, perpetuating the ongoing crisis at or border".

In a report out Friday, the Homeland Security inspector general has found "dangerous overcrowding" and unsanitary conditions at a Customs and Border Protection facility in El Paso, Texas, where hundreds more migrants were being housed than the center was created to hold.

"We also observed detainees standing on toilets in the cells to make room and gain breathing space, thus limiting access to the toilets", the report states. Some of the detainees had been held in standing-room-only conditions for days or weeks.

Apprehensions of migrants on the southwest border hit another record high last month with 98,977 people arrested.

"Border Patrol management on site said there is an ongoing concern that rising tensions among detainees could turn violent", the report said.

CBP plans to open another temporary holding facility in the El Paso area later this summer. Border Patrol officials said they often are able to process the migrants within a few days, but when they call Immigration and Customs Enforcement to request detention space, they're often told the migrants can't be transferred to ICE custody. ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

ICE's ability to transport migrants to other locations also is strained, the watchdog said.

The illegal immigration situation at America's southern border is almost unprecedented, a top Homeland Security official says.