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Thousands Of Covid-19 Positive Migrants Pass Through Texas Border Towns

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Nearly 7,000 immigrants who tested positive for COVID-19 have passed through a Texas city that has become the epicenter of the illegal immigration surge, including more than 1,500 over the past seven days, officials said Wednesday.

The shocking revelation was tucked into a statement from the City of McAllen announcing the construction of temporary emergency shelters to help the city of 140,000 cope with the flow of immigrants that has overwhelmed existing facilities. 

As The Post reported last month, asylum claimants who arrive in McAllen are processed and given a COVID-19 test before being sent to a facility called the Humanitarian Respite Center, run by the local chapter of Catholic Charities. Immigrants stay for an average of 24 hours at the center while making arrangements to travel elsewhere in the US.

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However, the city said, “in the last several weeks, due to the shockingly large number of immigrants released by [Customs and Border Protection], the Respite Center’s capacity became overwhelmed”. 

According to the statement, the Respite Center admitted an average of 750 people per day at the beginning of July. 

“That number, over the course of the month, escalated to over 1,100 people per day, and so far in August has surged to over 1,900 people per day,” the city said. “The Respite Center has capacity for only 1,236 occupants and will not allow more than its maximum occupancy at any given time.”

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The statement concluded by describing the situation as “a crisis the City of McAllen did not create and has proactively tried to avoid for seven years.”

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