Group of 116 Africans arrested at border – Illegal immigrants were from Angola, Cameroon and other African nations

This May 29, 2019 photo released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows some of 1,036 migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, the largest that the Border Patrol says it has ever encountered. Video shows them going under a chain-link fence to the U.S., where they waited for agents to come. The Border Patrol has encountered 180 groups of more than 100 people since October, compared to 13 during the previous 12-month period and two the year before. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

EL PASO, Texas (AP) 05/31 — The Latest on the large numbers of immigrants at the southern border(all times local):

6:40 p.m.

Border officials in Texas say a group of 116 Africans was arrested Thursday after wading through the Rio Grande to enter the United States.

The migrants were from Angola, Cameroon and other African nations and include families with children and young people who were not with relatives.

This was the first large group that agents in the Del Rio sector have arrested, although big groups have been showing up every day in other areas of the southern border. Agents have encountered 182 large groups, or those with more than 100 people, since October.

It’s unclear if the migrants in Texas were seeking asylum, and the agency is still processing them.

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Migrant children line up for a meal at the door of the Jesus del Buen Pastor del Pobre y el Migrante shelter, in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, Thursday, May 30, 2019. Resentment has been growing in parts of central Mexico as the flow of migrants has continued. Towns were receptive and welcoming to the first caravans last year, but more recently have felt overwhelmed. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

 

2:12 p.m.

U.S. authorities are overstretched and overwhelmed by an unprecedented surge of Central American families arriving at the southern border.

It is against that backdrop that President Donald Trump threatened this week to slap tariffs on goods from Mexico unless it cracks down on the flow of migrants.

On Wednesday, for example, Border Patrol agents near downtown El Paso, Texas, encountered a group of 1,036 migrants who had entered the country illegally — the biggest cluster the agency has ever seen.

At one point in May, a government holding cell designed for 35 migrants was crammed with 155.

And six children have died in U.S. custody since September, three in the past month.

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