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Rio Grande Valley agents rescue 26 illegal aliens at checkpoint

Release Date: 
November 14, 2017

FALFURRIAS, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a United States citizen after finding 26 illegal aliens concealed in a rental truck.

26 illegal aliens rescued by Falfurrias Border Patrol agents
26 illegal aliens rescued by Falfurrias
Border Patrol agents

On Friday evening, agents assigned to the Falfurrias Checkpoint were conducting immigration inspections when a rental truck driven by a United States citizen approached the primary inspection lane. As agents made contact with the driver, a K9 alerted to the cargo area of the trailer. Upon investigation, 26 illegal aliens were discovered concealed inside a modified compartment of the rental truck. All the subjects were offered medical attention but declined. The driver was arrested.

“It is truly disheartening to see ruthless smugglers continue to use tactics that recklessly jeopardize human life,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr. “We need to stand together and deliver the message that these immigrants are humans, not cargo.”

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Last modified: 
November 15, 2017