Hidalgo, Texas - National Guard personnel helped U.S. Border Patrol agents with the apprehension of 19 illegal aliens, and in deterring suspected contraband from entering the country this past weekend.
At about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, a National Guard soldier manning night-vision equipment near the Hidalgo settling basin observed a group of about 20 subjects making its way north. The National Guard immediately alerted Border Patrol agents of the sighting. Responding agents were able to apprehend 17 Mexican, and two Honduran nationals illegally in the United States.
The 19 illegal aliens were transported to the McAllen Station where they were processed and returned to their country of origin
Later that day at about 3:30 p.m., south of Hidalgo, National Guard personnel observed a suspicious van travel toward the Rio Grande. Agents patrolling the area were alerted and responded. The agents arrived in time to observe 13 men, with 13 bundles, swim back to Mexico. The van, which had been abandoned, was seized.
"Extra eyes and ears do yield results," said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Eligio Peña.
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at 1-800-863-9382.
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.