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Large Groups Continue to Inundate Border Patrol Agents

Release Date: 
March 28, 2019

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents continue to encounter large groups of illegal aliens undaunted by Border Patrol presence.

On Monday, Rio Grande City agents patrolling the Rio Grande near Sullivan City, Texas, encountered a group of 110 illegal aliens from the countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

A few hours later, Rio Grande City agents working near Roma, Texas, encountered a large group of 98 illegal aliens from Central America.

On Tuesday, McAllen agents working near Penitas, Texas, encountered a group of 158 illegal aliens comprised of family units and unaccompanied children from the countries of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador and Nicaragua.

An hour later, McAllen agents working near Abram, Texas, encountered a group of 105 illegal aliens comprised of family units and unaccompanied children from Central America and Ecuador.

That same day, McAllen agents patrolling the river levee near Mission, Texas, encountered a third group of over 100 illegal aliens consisting of family units and unaccompanied children. In all, agents took 123 people in to custody. The group consisted of citizens and nationals of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Sri Lanka.

This morning, Rio Grande City agents working near Roma, Texas responded to a report of a large group of suspected illegal aliens walking north of the Rio Grande. Upon arrival, agents encountered 190 illegal aliens, all from Central America.

On Tuesday, the Rio Grande Valley Sector apprehended nearly 1,700 illegal aliens, making it the highest one-day total since 2014. At its current rate, the Rio Grande Valley Sector will surpass 2014 apprehensions during the last mass migration influx.

Border Patrol is processing all subjects accordingly.

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Last modified: 
March 28, 2019