44 Unaccompanied Children Encountered by Border Patrol Near the Rio Grande
EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol agents encountered two large groups of illegal aliens.
Yesterday, McAllen Border Patrol Station agents working near Penitas, Texas, encountered a group of 99 illegal aliens shortly after they made entry into the United States. The group consisted of 78 family members and 20 unaccompanied alien children (UACs). Six of the UACs in this group were under the age of 13.
This morning, Rio Grande City Border Patrol agents working near La Grulla, Texas, encountered a group of 132 illegal aliens. This group consisted of 107 family members and 24 UACs. Border Patrol agents continue seeing an increase in UAC encounters along the border. UACs often travel within large groups of more than 100 people. This year alone RGV agents have encountered 30 groups of more than 100 people.
Border Patrol processed all subjects accordingly.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.