EDINBURG, Texas – On Monday, Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (RGV) agents apprehend 131 migrants in two stash houses
Yesterday morning, RGV agents in coordination with Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, and the Alton Police Department arrived at the property in Alton, Texas, suspected of being used for human smuggling. Upon arrival, law enforcement officers witnessed several subjects fleeing from the location into the surrounding area. A Customs and Border Protection air unit assisted in the arrest of multiple subjects attempting to avoid apprehension. A total of 108 migrants were taken into Border Patrol custody, including one identified caretaker. Within the group were five unaccompanied children and two family groups with children as young as 6 years old. The migrants were identified as citizens of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Ecuador.
One hour later, the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station received information regarding a Rio Grande City, Texas, residence being used to harbor migrants. Agents and Texas DPS troopers arrived at the location and discovered 23 adult migrants. No caretaker was identified.
Border Patrol processed all subjects accordingly.
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.
Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation. The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.