24 Unaccompanied children rescued after crossing Rio Grande into U.S.

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Rio Grande River
Rio Grande River

EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande City Border Patrol (RGC) station agents encountered two large groups of illegal aliens entering in Starr County, Texas.

This morning, RGC agents working near Roma, Texas, responded to a report of a large group of illegal aliens crossing the Rio Grande.  As agents arrived, they observed dozens of people consisting of family members and unaccompanied alien children (UAC) crossing the river.  Responding agents apprehended 145 illegal aliens in total. 121 family members and 24 UACs were identified within the group.

About the same time, RGC agents working near La Grulla, Texas, encountered an almost identical situation.  The group was of 131 illegal aliens and consisted of 99 family members, 28 UACs, and four single adults.

This year, RGV agents have encountered 35 groups of 100 or more people illegally entering the United States.


Border Patrol is processing the subjects 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.

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