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Large Groups of Family Units and Unaccompanied Children Encountered in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
December 3, 2018

HIDALGO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley encountered large groups of family units flowing into the United States.

On Friday evening, Weslaco agents patrolling near Hidalgo, Texas, encountered a large group of illegal aliens comprised of family units and unaccompanied children. As agents prepared to transport the group, three additional groups turned themselves in. Within minutes, agents took custody of 73 illegal aliens from the countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

This morning, McAllen agents encountered a group of 51 illegal aliens south of Granjeno, Texas, consisting of family units and unaccompanied children.

Border Patrol is processing the subjects accordingly.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”   

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Last modified: 
December 4, 2018