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  4. Laredo Sector Border Patrol Continues to Rescue Individuals from Grain Hopper Railcars

Laredo Sector Border Patrol Continues to Rescue Individuals from Grain Hopper Railcars

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LAREDO, Texas – Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents continue to encounter undocumented individuals using grain hopper railcars during their dangerous journey traversing through the United States.

grainhopper railcars
Grain hopper railcars used  by undocumented
individuals to traverse the U.S.

During the late morning of August 5, agents assigned to the Hebbronville Station acted on several 911 calls from individuals on a train near Hebbronville, Texas. While conducting a train inspection, agents discovered three undocumented individuals inside a grain hopper and apprehended over 20 others in the vicinity. All the individuals were from the countries of Mexico and El Salvador and were processed accordingly.

One individual attempted to flee into the nearby brush but was apprehended and required medical assistance. Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technicians provided immediate medical assistance.  The semi-conscious individual was transported by air to the nearest hospital in Laredo, Texas.

This dangerous method of traveling through the United States after illegal entry is strongly discouraged as it often results in serious injury or death.  Many times, migrants choose this grueling method of transportation without realizing the consequences of their actions until it is too late.  Fortunately, in this case, agents detected the individuals and were able to rescue them before any fell victim to a heat related injury.

For anyone who is thinking of entering the United States illegally along the Southern Border, the message in simple: don’t do it. Help take a stand against criminal organizations who exploit undocumented individuals by reporting suspicious activity in our neighborhoods.  To report suspicious activity such as human and/or drug smuggling, download the “USBP Laredo Sector” App or contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free at 1-800-343-1994.



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  • Last Modified: November 22, 2021