‘Never seen this situation so bad’: Migrant ‘ground zero’ welcomes Border Patrol

‘Never seen this situation so bad’: Migrant ‘ground zero’ welcomes Border Patrol


Sunland Park is a working-class New Mexico city of 17,000 at the foot of Mount Cristo Rey, known for its casino and racetrack, but its proximity to the Mexican border has turned it into ground zero for tens of thousands of migrants crossing illegally into the US in the last few years.

As elderly residents took to the central plaza — the Elena Memorial Park — for predawn power walking and stretching on Friday, Border Patrol agents in white and green pick up trucks and SUVs intercepted dozens of migrants from Ecuador and Central America who slipped through gaps in a nearby border wall.

In some cases, migrants scaled the 30-foot barrier, with one man suffering a broken ankle early Friday morning, a Border Patrol agent told The Post. Another man had made his 12th border crossing from Mexico.

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“I’ve never seen this situation so bad,” said Teresa Muñoz, 66, who has lived in the community for more

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