Aerial photos show migrants sleeping on the ground in makeshift tent encampment at a Texas Border Patrol station

  • New photos taken from a helicopter above a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, show the shoddy conditions migrant families are subjected to while they’re being processed.
  • The families have been placed in the fenced-in parking lot of the facility, with a canvas tent set up to shelter them.
  • Migrants and young children can be seen sleeping and lying on the ground, with only thin mylar blankets for protection.
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Conditions at the Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, appear to have deteriorated as an influx of migrants entering the US to seek asylum continues to outpace the space and resources available to process them.

Photos published by CNN on Tuesday showed migrants living in rough, open-air conditions at the makeshift tent encampment. Children could be seen sleeping on the ground, wrapped only in thin mylar blankets.

On Wednesday, Reuters shot aerial photos of the facility, showing a crowded, fenced-in area with a large canvas tent, and a number of makeshift awnings created out of the foil blankets.

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The Customs and Border Protection agency itself has openly acknowledged it lacks the resources to manage what it calls an “unprecedented and unsustainable situation.”

“Our apprehension numbers are off the charts,” Carla Provost, the chief of the Border Patrol, told senators in a hearing last week. “We cannot address this crisis by shifting more resources. It’s like holding a bucket under a faucet. It doesn’t matter how many buckets you give me if we can’t turn off the flow.”

Here’s what the McAllen facility looks like:

A major surge in the number of families seeking asylum in the US has put monthly border-crossings at a 12-year high.

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In April, more than 109,000 people were apprehended at the US-Mexico border, up from roughly 103,000 the previous month.

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Outside the McAllen facility on Wednesday, the ground temperature was roughly 89 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Reuters.

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There are so many families that authorities have had to put up a military tent in the parking lot of the facility, due to the inadequate space inside.

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Families with young children usually spend several days at the facilities while they await processing.

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