sick immigrants vomiting blood at the U.S. border in need of medical attention has soared in recent weeks, the number of large Congo immigrants groups has surged.
The number of immigrants vomiting blood who showed up at the U.S. border in need of medical attention has soared in recent weeks, even as the number of large groups has also surged.

Both trends are proving to be serious impediments to Border Patrol agents, who say they’re being taken offline watch duties to either shepherd the sick as they go to the hospital, or have to process the groups of people — leaving other parts of the border unsecured.

In one large group of 247 people, 50 of them had to be taken to the hospital, requiring nearly every available agent to leave the field to tag along.

The numbers were released just hours before the Senate was to vote on a new immigration plan from President Trump that would combine a deportation amnesty for 1 million migrants already in the U.S. with $5.7 billion in border wall construction and changes to encourage children to apply for asylum from their homes in Central America rather than make the dangerous journey north.

“Smugglers and traffickers then use these large groups as ‘cover’ while USBP resources are utilized to arrest and [for] detention-related duties associated with the large groups,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.



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