Smugglers Cross a Large Group Amidst the Storm in Hidalgo, Texas
HIDALGO, Texas – Weslaco Border Patrol Station (WSL) agents encountered a large group of 119 migrants during inclement weather.
Early this morning, WSL agents encountered a large group of 119 noncitizens in Hidalgo, Texas. The group consisted of 93 family members and 26 noncitizen unaccompanied children. They were nationals from the countries of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Ecuador. Due to the heavy rain and thunderstorms passing through the Rio Grande Valley, agents and contractors immediately transported the migrants to shelter at the Port of Entry (POE) in Hidalgo, Texas. The intake procedures usually conducted at the place of encounter, were done at the POE in order to keep the migrants, which included very young children, out of the severe weather. The migrants were then transported to a Border Patrol facility for processing.
All subjects are being processed 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.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.