RGV Apprehends 754 Migrants in Four Large Groups

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Asylum-seeking migrants are detained by a U.S. Border Patrol agent after crossing the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to request asylum in El Paso, Texas, U.S., as seen from Ciudad Juarez

EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (RGV) agents encountered four large groups and interdicted multiple smuggling events resulting in 781 arrests.

Over the weekend, Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station (RGC) agents encountered four separate large groups in La Grulla and Roma resulting 754 apprehensions. The groups were comprised of 356 single adults, 275 family members, 123 unaccompanied children; including two U.S. citizens traveling with their mother from Guatemala. The migrants were from Cuba and various Central and South American countries.

On April 8, RGC agents working with Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers observed several subjects load into a red minivan near Escobares. Responding agents attempted to initiate a vehicle stop, the driver failed to yield, and a vehicle pursuit began.  The pursuit ended when the vehicle came to a stop and the occupants absconded.  Agents apprehended 12 migrants in the surrounding area who were unlawfully present in the U.S.

On April 10, RGV agents were led on another vehicle pursuit with a Nissan Frontier near Encino. DPS joined in the pursuit before the vehicle struck a gate and the occupants absconded into the brush. A total of nine migrants were arrested nearby. The driver was not located.

Later that night, RGV agents observed a vehicle suspected of transporting migrants near Riviera. The Ford Explorer led agents on a vehicle pursuit that resulted in six migrant apprehensions.

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