AUSTIN, Texas — Emergency management officials in a remote area near Texas’s border with Mexico are rushing to figure out how the 5,000-person town of Carrizo Springs can handle backdoor releases of migrants into their community.
City and county officials in Carrizo Springs and Dimmit County are bracing for the possibility of a crisis in the coming days as the Border Patrol resorts to discharging people in its custody onto the street because the shelter that normally accommodates migrants is at capacity.
“It is a very concerning situation,” said Christine Guerrero, chief clerk of the court in Dimmit County, which includes Carrizo Springs. “Border Patrol says these migrants that are coming — they’re not looking to stay here. They’re looking to going farther up.”
The problem for Guerrero is that her small county of 10,000 residents has no train, plane, or bus to get migrants out of town and on to their final destinations.
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