Border Patrol Sent More Than 2000 Sick Migrants to US Hospitals in the Last Month

Migrants at U.S. border

The United States Border Patrol is struggling to keep up with the number of sick migrants that require hospital attention when they arrive at the border.

According to a report Customs and Border Protection (CBP), agents sent 2,224 migrants to U.S. hospitals in order to give them treatment for illnesses beyond the capabilities of the medical team at the border facilities. That means that 5.3 percent of the migrants who arrived at the border required hospitalization since December 22.

As IJR previously reported, migrants have been treated for illnesses including flu, parasites,  tuberculosis, and pneumonia.

The CBP report also noted that the sick migrants don’t just take up medical resources. They also require a lot of time and supervision from other Border Patrol agents. According to the report, agents spent 19,299 hours driving sick migrants to and from hospitals in the last month.

“This means there are less agents performing border security duties,” CBP stated.

When the CBP’s staffing resources are consumed by migrants who need immediate medical attention, the processing time for health migrants increases due to depleted staffing resources.

According to a report by the Washington Examiner, the burden of sick migrants is also being felt by the small communities that are situated on the border. They detailed the struggles of one small hospital in Hidalgo County, New Mexico.

The community they serve has a population of just 5,000 and their entire annual operating budget is just $1.7 million because of the small tax base. The influx of sick migrants left the hospital with resources stretched thin.

“For a while there, we were being called every day. They [Border Patrol] wanted us to do their screening because they had a lack of medical personnel,” Hidalgo County Emergency Medical Services Director David Whipple told the Washington Examiner.

Tisha Green, the county manager, told the Examiner, “The biggest concern that I’ve heard about is not that they’re disease-ridden, but the fact that they don’t vaccinate. I mean, it would become a county epidemic.”

It isn’t clear when CBP and the communities on the border will see a break in the heavy flow of migrants. Although the shutdown ended, the future funding of CBP is still in limbo.


  1. Here’s a thought. Citizens in need of FREE medical care should get arrested on the border.

  2. Am I the only one asking why we are providing free medical care to invaders? Don’t we have CITIZENS who should first benefit from this squandering of our tax dollars?

    q.v. the recent outbreak of measles in southwest WA which has been directly traced to illegal immigrants. No mention was made of the outbreak of sexual or parasitic diseases linked to them, but it’s there if one researches beyond the superficial narrative served up by the MSM.

  3. Can anyone explain what the migrants are not vaccinated FOR? How about an explanation of why DHS was not prepared for medical treatment when the zero tolerance policy was formally announced in April, 2018 and we now know it was in effect for months before it was announced?

    1. You used to be a nurse. Look it up. Mumps, measles, smallpox, MDR tuberculosis, leprosy, parasitic diseases.

      Don’t be purposely stupid unless you’re willing to host these people in your own neighborhood. Are you hosting any families?

    1. NO. Turn them back or quarantine them at the border. q.v. Ellis Island, Angel Island.

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