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Large Groups of Migrants Encountered on Consecutive Days

Release Date: 
July 20, 2021

EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station (RGC) agents encountered 229 migrants in two large groups. 

Last night, RGC agents working in Roma, Texas, encountered a large group of migrants as they walked away from the Rio Grande into the United States. Agents identified 94 of the migrants as family members, 11 as unaccompanied children, and 18 as single adults. The 123 migrants are from the countries of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.

This morning, RGC agents working in La Grulla, Texas, observed a large group of migrants walking north from the Rio Grande. The group of 106 migrants was comprised of 56 family members, 10 unaccompanied children, and 40 single adults. Thirty-two of the forty single adults are citizens of Nicaragua.

This is the eighth group of 100 or more migrants encountered by Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol (RGV) agents within the previous five days.

Border Patrol processed the subjects accordingly.

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.

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~CBP~

Last modified: 
July 20, 2021