Migrants sleep on ground, rig awnings at Texas Border Patrol station

MCALLEN, Texas (Reuters) – Reuters photos taken on Wednesday show adults and children outside the U.S. Border Patrol station for migrants in McAllen, Texas, sleeping on the ground and rigging up makeshift awnings with reflective blankets to shelter from the sun.

The photos, taken from a helicopter, also show people sleeping in a shaded area of a parking lot and crowded around a military tent.

The ground temperature was about 89 Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) when the pictures were taken around midday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to the CBP website, McAllen Station is responsible for patrolling a 53-mile (85 km) section of the Rio Grande that runs along the U.S.-Mexican border.

The U.S. government has said it is struggling to deal with a surge of asylum seekers from countries in Central America who travel through Mexico.

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(Reporting by Loren Elliott; editing by Bill Tarrant and Rosalba O’Brien)