RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas —Rio Grande City Border Patrol Agents apprehended 102 undocumented aliens on Tuesday.
Agents working near Fronton observed more than 80 undocumented aliens cross the Rio Grande in rafts. A short time later, the agents observed another large group of undocumented aliens make their way north and converge with the initial group. Agents with the assistance of the Mobile Response Team, pilots with Air and Marine Operations and Texas Department of Public Safety’s Air Unit along with Rio Grande Valley Sector Riverine Units apprehended 102 illegal immigrants. The immigrants consisted of 73 men, 12 women and 17 juveniles.
Border Patrol’s interagency efforts, technology and strong presence has fostered an environment where smugglers are hard pressed to sneak large groups of immigrants in desolate areas. Smugglers are ruthless and continuously place the lives of immigrants in danger. RGV Sector urges immigrants to not jeopardize their lives by illegally entering the United States or by attempting to circumvent a checkpoint. The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.