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Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol Arrests Group of 61

Release Date: 
November 20, 2020

EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents arrest 100 illegal aliens during three enforcement actions.

Yesterday afternoon, Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector agents in coordination with Starr County authorities investigated a Rio Grande City, Texas, residence suspected of harboring illegal aliens. When law enforcement personnel approached the home, the illegal aliens that were harbored inside freely exited the residence. A total of 21 illegal aliens were taken into custody.

Later that day, RGV Sector agents in conjunction with Hidalgo County Sheriffs' Office received information of a trailer home in Edinburg, Texas, being used as a human smuggling stash house. A welfare check was conducted and authorities encountered several foreign nationals illegally in the United States. The illegal aliens were kept in poor living conditions with minimal ventilation. Eighteen subjects, determined to be from the countries of Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, were taken into custody.

Early this morning, agents working near farmlands in south McAllen responded to illegal activity by the Rio Grande. Over 50 subjects were detected illegally entering the United States, and attempting to travel further inland. Their efforts to move further into the country were impeded by a new section of border wall in the area. Agents were able to apprehend 61 subjects, including two unaccompanied juveniles. The subjects were determined to be from the countries of Mexico, Venezuela, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. All subjects were medically screened and processed accordingly.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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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Last modified: 
November 20, 2020