Border Boost: 150 Extra Agents Heading to South Texas

MCALLEN, Texas — The Texas border is getting a security boost.

US Customs and Border Protection is sending 150 extra agents to the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. Authorities say there’s been a surge of undocumented children and families trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico.

In October, nearly 47,000 people were caught on the border, compared to 39,501 in September and 37,048 in August.

The extra agents are being assigned work in the immigrant processing centers in McAllen and Weslaco, Customs and Border Protection said in a news release.

They’re expected to arrive as early as Sunday and will probably remain in South Texas at least two months.