The U.S. Border Patrol's South Texas commander is to address the agency's efforts to handle the overwhelming flow of immigrants into the region this year.
Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley surpassed last year's immigrant arrest total last week, less than eight months into the fiscal year. The sector in southernmost Texas has nearly 160,000 arrests since Oct. 1, 2013.
Laredo Sector Chief Robert Harris, who oversees all sectors in South Texas, will speak Friday about operations in the region.
The agency has brought in additional agents from other sectors to help with what has become by far the busiest illegal immigration corridor on the Southwest border. Some immigrants are also being bused and even flown to other sectors to be processed.