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Two Large Groups of Migrants Enter Near Hidalgo, Texas

Release Date: 
May 19, 2021

HIDALGO, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol Agents encounter two large groups totaling 278 migrants in Hidalgo, Texas.  

Yesterday afternoon, Weslaco Border Patrol Station agents responded to a large group of migrants entering illegally into the United States through Hidalgo, Texas. Agents arrived and took 115 migrants into custody. Ninety-seven migrants crossed with their families and 18 were unaccompanied children. The migrants are citizens of Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.

Later that day, Weslaco agents returned to the same location in Hidalgo, Texas, and encountered 163 migrants that entered illegally into the United States. One hundred fifteen migrants were identified as families, 35 as unaccompanied children, and 13 single adults. The migrants encountered are from the countries of Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Ecuador.

All migrants were found to be in good health and transported to a border patrol facility for processing. 

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.

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

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Last modified: 
May 19, 2021