EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector (RGV) agents continue to experience a high volume of migrants crossing into the United States.
RGV agents made 45,324 migrant encounters in October, a 157% increase compared to the same time frame last year. The majority of these arrests were single adults and groups comprised of families from Central America, with the largest number of migrants coming from Honduras. This flow continues to stay consistent and is evident by the latest apprehension of two large groups of migrants that illegally entered the United States in the Rio Grande Valley within the past week. The combined groups consisted of 226 migrants. Agents determined the migrants are citizens of Central America and Peru.
Although national numbers are down for the third month in a row, Border Patrol Agents in the RGV continue to apprehend migrants at record levels. On the Southwest border, there were 164,303 encounters, a 14% decrease compared to September. October marks the third straight month of declining unauthorized migrant encounters along the Southwest border — with particularly sharp drops in families and unaccompanied children – and CBP’s workforce continues to work with partners across the federal government and throughout the hemisphere to disrupt the smugglers intent on exploiting vulnerable migrants for profit.
For more statistics on apprehensions, encounters and arrests of individuals with criminal convictions go to https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/cbp-enforcement-statistics
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.