Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan: More Than 27,000 Migrants Apprehended In Texas This Week

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan calls the surge at the Texas border a humanitarian crisis. "I've been getting daily briefings from DPS, and what they're saying is a surge that we haven't seen in years."

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DOUG DUNBAR: Texas DPS says nearly 30,000 migrants have been apprehended at or near the southern Texas border this week alone. The Department says that number is more than it was last week. Political reporter Jack Fink talked to the Texas House Speaker today about how much money the state will spend on border security.

DADE PHELAN: I've been getting daily briefings from VPS, and what they're seeing is a surge that we haven't seen in years.

JACK FINK: Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan calls the surge at the Texas border a humanitarian crisis.

DADE PHELAN: And I don't see a real plan from the administration, and it's frustrating, and that's a bipartisan frustration.

JACK FINK: Phelan says, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, federal and state authorities apprehended more than 21,600 migrants in Texas last week. This week that number jumped to more than 27,500. Of those apprehended this week, about 9,500 came from Honduras, more than 6,500 were from Mexico, more than 6,100 came from Guatemala, and about 2,000 were from El Salvador.

DADE PHELAN: And that's just the ones they apprehend. That's not the ones that they get through without being apprehended.

JACK FINK: He also says DPS is not only seeing the migrants coming into the Rio Grande Valley.

DADE PHELAN: Coming over now and it's shifted all the way up to the Del Rio area, which DPS has never seen the activity they're seeing in the Del Rio area of the state of Texas. So it's coming from really from multiple areas and stretching our resources even thinner.

JACK FINK: President Joe Biden says many of the apprehended migrants are being returned to their home countries. The state is already spending $800 million this legislative session on border security. But Phelan says, as a result of the surge, DPS is requesting millions of more dollars.

DADE PHELAN: I believe it's in excess of $60 million over the next year to combat this, and that is in additional troopers and additional equipment over time.

JACK FINK: The Speaker says the smuggling of people has become more profitable than drug smuggling, and that authorities need to get a handle on it. Jack Fink, CBS 11 News.