Large Migrant Groups on the Rise in RGV

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FILE PHOTO: 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 encounter two more smuggling attempts and large groups, resulting in 306 arrests.

On April 12, Corpus Christi Border Patrol Station (CCT) agents responded to a report of suspected illegal activity in Bentonville. Agents observed a Ford F-150 departing the area and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.  The driver failed to yield and led agents on a pursuit.  The driver drove off the road and all occupants fled into the brush.  Agents searched the immediate area and encountered five migrants illegally present in the U.S. who were later transported to CCT for processing.

Yesterday evening, RGV agents initiated a traffic stop on a Dodge Ram pickup near Linn. The driver failed to yield to the marked service unit and a pursuit ensued.  The vehicle veered off the road, crashed through a property gate, came to a stop and multiple people fled the vehicle. Agents were able to apprehend seven migrants illegally present in the U.S. The driver was not located.

Over the last two days, RGV agents have encountered two large groups in Starr County resulting in nearly 300 apprehensions. The groups were comprised of 115 single adults, 90 family members, 89 unaccompanied children. The migrants were from Cuba and various Central and South American countries.

Border Patrol processed all subjects accordingly.

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