Action 4 News reporter Nadia Galindo reported Friday night that hundreds of immigrants who have crossed the southern border in the Rio Grande Valley have come from West African countries where Ebola outbreaks are occurring.
Immigrants from West African countries have entered the US illegally, according to Chris Cabrera with the National Border Patrol Council.
“Not too long ago we did catch some people, I believe, from Liberia,” he said.
During the 2013 fiscal year, statistics from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website show Border Patrol agents apprehended 112 immigrants from Guinea, 231 from Liberia and 145 immigrants from Sierra Leone, which are the three countries currently experiencing the most cases of Ebola.
“Our main concern like it’s always been is the health and safety of our agents,” Cabrera said.
He worries agents are not properly protected in the event they come across an immigrant with the Ebola virus.
“Our agents are trained, however, they are not medical professionals,” he said.