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    Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents rescued three migrants from drowning in the border river that separates Texas and Mexico. Agents in this sector rescued more than 1,000 migrants so far this fiscal year, officials report. A McAllen Station surveillance camera operator observed a group of migrants attempting to cross the Rio Grande near La Loya, Texas, in the early morning hours of July 12, according to information obtained from Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol officials. The camera operator relayed the information to Border Patrol agents working in the area. As agents approached the area, several migrants jumped back into the raft that carried them from Mexico to Texas and attempted to flee to Mexico, officials stated. Three others decided to jump into the Rio Grande and swim back across the river. Agents observed the three struggling to stay afloat in the swiftly moving currents of the border river. McAllen Border Patrol Riverine agents act swiftly to rescue three migrants from drowning in the Rio Grande early yesterday morning. RGV agents have made more than a thousand rescues...
    AUSTIN, Texas — The Border Patrol issued an internal warning to agents stationed in South Texas that they may be the targets of assassination attempts by Mexican cartel members. Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley region sent personnel an alert this week, obtained by the Washington Examiner, disclosing that its operations center had received information about possible cartel violence against U.S. law enforcement near Fronton, Texas, a tiny town of 200 residents about 50 miles west of McAllen, Texas. “Information stated that cartel groups were discussing killing U.S. law enforcement personnel along the border near Fronton, Texas, between Miguel Aleman and Los Guerra, Tamaulipas, Mexico,” the alert states. A second CBP official confirmed the legitimacy of the document and said the Fronton area is a high-traffic area for drug smuggling as it is just across the Rio Grande from Miguel Aleman, one of the more dangerous cities in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. 153,941 MIGRANTS STOPPED AT BORDER IN JANUARY. NEARLY DOUBLE FROM A YEAR AGO Rio Grande Valley officials urged agents to wear ballistic armor, carry long-arm guns, and work...
    EDINBURG, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector agents arrested four Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang members and two other migrants previously incarcerated for sexual crimes. Within a 14-hour time span, RGV agents arrested four individuals actively involved in gangs. All four men were identified as MS-13 gang members. Record checks revealed two of the gang members were previously deported from the United States. READ MORE: Irving Police Searching For Missing 16-Year-Old Tammy Guadalupe FergusonOn Nov. 9, Brownsville Border Patrol Station agents apprehended one man after he illegally entered the United States near McAllen. At the station, records checks revealed the 37-year-old Guatemalan national was convicted of lewd lascivious behavior of a child younger than 16 years old. He was sentenced to more than 21 months confinement. READ MORE: Man Shot On 52nd Street In Dallas Dies At HospitalOn Nov. 12, Rio Grande City Border Patrol agents apprehended a group of six migrants near Roma. Record checks revealed one of the men has an active warrant for his arrest out of Orange County in Florida for lascivious battery. All subjects...
    US Border Patrol agents have encountered nearly 2,000 migrants crossing into the country illegally in the Rio Grande Valley Sector in just 24 hours, and are aware of hundreds more who slipped through without being taken into custody. Agents in the sector, which extends inland 316 river miles from the Texas Gulf Coast, encountered 1,909 migrants on Friday, with another 262 detected on sensors but getting away, a Department of Homeland Security source told Fox News. The sector has seen a surge of illegal crossings, and this week agents there apprehended four MS-13 gang members and two migrants previously arrested on sex crime charges.  Over the 12 months ending October 1, more than 1.7 million migrants have been encountered on the US southern border, including more than 192,000 in September alone. Migrants are seen attempting to enter the United States illegally in Texas. The Rio Grande Valley Sector has seen a surge in illegal crossings with 1,909 encounters in 24 hours Migrants are seen in a recent bust in Arizona. The surge in illegal migration has led to criticism of President Joe Biden RELATED ARTICLES...
    Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station apprehended more than 1,000 migrants in a few hours last week. This occurred as Rio Grande Valley Sector agents apprehended more than 4,000 in a single day. Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings tweeted a video showing Rio Grande City Station agents taking a large group of migrants into custody on August 12. The chief said the agents apprehended 1,000 migrants in just a few hours. FYTD as of July 31- #RGV Sector #BorderPatrol has apprehended more than 412K migrants. Add another 1K migrants encountered #TODAY by Rio Grande City Station agents, within a few hours. pic.twitter.com/qj80T25Tij — Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings (@USBPChiefRGV) August 12, 2021 Hastings added that agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector apprehended more than 412,000 migrants so far this fiscal year, which began on October 1, 2021. The sector chief also tweeted a photo showing nearly 60 migrants found in a human smuggling stash house. None of the migrants wore personal protection equipment. This includes 59 migrants found in a stash...
    Border Patrol agents in the nation’s busiest sector, the Rio Grande Valley, apprehended more than 320 migrants in two groups during a 24-hour period. McAllen Station Border Patrol agents patrolling near Havana, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon, encountered a large group of migrants, according to information obtained from Border Patrol officials in the Rio Grande Valley Sector. The agents apprehended the group of 181 migrants and began processing them. During processing, the agents identified the migrants as citizens of Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Officials said the group consisted of 141 family units, 25 unaccompanied minors, and 15 single adults. The agents arranged transportation of the migrants to the McAllen Station for processing. Less than 24 hours later, agents patrolling the border near La Grulla encountered another large group totaling 146. They identified the migrants as citizens of Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Officials did not disclose any group demographics. Officials report that Rio Grande Valley Sector agents apprehended 90 large migrant groups so far this fiscal year which began on October 1, 2020. Border Patrol defines...
    Thousands of illegal migrants crowded at a border patrol processing facility under Anzalduas Bridge in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley on Sunday, video shows. Border officials reportedly encountered just over 3,000 migrants from Sunday to Monday morning in the Rio Grande Valley, according to Fox News’ Griff Jenkins. Video shows migrants waiting in a crowded fenced-in area under the bridge connecting Reynosa, Mexico, with Mission, Texas. “This is the largest group of migrants we’ve ever seen being held by Border Patrol under Anzalduad Bridge in Mission, TX,” Fox News’ Bill Melugin said on Twitter. “Looks like it could be up to 1,000 people.” (RELATED: Biden Admin Will Keep A Trump-Era Public Health Order Expelling Most Migrants In Place, Citing COVID-19 Variants: REPORT) NEW: This is the largest group of migrants we’ve ever seen being held by Border Patrol under Anzalduas Bridge in Mission, TX. Looks like it could be up to 1,000 people. We can only get a look at the area with our drone. There’s a popular Rio Grande crossing area nearby. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/AsAygsO966 — Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) August 1,...
    Another Fox News reporter, Griff Jenkins, added that in the last 24 hours border agents in the Rio Grande Valley had 3,002 encounters with illegal immigrants and that the total number of law enforcement encounters with migrants over the weekend was 8,144. NEW: Per DHS sources, local Border Patrol stations in McAllen area are currently 585% over capacity and there are “… https://t.co/CJI8CeuWKr — Bill Melugin (@Bill Melugin)1627915178.0Record numbers of migrants are seeking illegal entry into the United States. According to Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), who represents parts of the Rio Grande Valley, Department of Homeland Security agents encountered over 180,000 illegal immigrants at the southern border in July, after encountering 188,829 migrants in June. Our DHS agents, & border communities, are overwhelmed & must be prioritized. DHS will again encounter over 180,000… https://t.co/9DJMQhIlhq — Rep. Henry Cuellar (@Rep. Henry Cuellar)1627771354.0More than 1.1 million migrants have crossed the U.S. border in the current fiscal year, overwhelming the Biden administration's immigration enforcement agencies. The surge of migrants is so large that thousands of migrants are being released after detention without...
    U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered one of the largest groups of migrants in recent memory when a caravan of 509 people from Central and South America was stopped after illegally crossing the United States-Mexico border into Texas. According to the Rio Grande Valley Sector, agents assigned to the McAllen Border Patrol Station were patrolling the border area near Hidalgo, Texas, when they came across the group, which was made up of 331 family members and 115 unaccompanied minors on Tuesday night. A total of 63 single adults were also part of the group, who were all taken into custody. The encounter with the undocumented migrants is considered to the the largest to date in the Rio Grande Valley Sector since the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol sector started logging numbers in 2007. The caravan was made up of migrants from Ecuador, Venezuela, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector agents near Hidalgo, Texas, stopped a caravan of 509 migrants from Central and South America after they crossed the United States-Mexico border Tuesday. It's...
    Border Patrol agents working the Rio Grande Valley Sector say they have taken more than 800 migrants into custody within a 24-hour period this week, including what they describe as the "single largest group apprehended thus far, this year."  On Tuesday, agents near La Grulla, Texas first encountered 336 migrants, eight of which were unaccompanied children, according to the Border Patrol.   "Many within the group suffered from dehydration and exhaustion," the agency said in a statement, adding that the majority of the migrants were from Guatemala. "Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technicians responded and provided medical assistance to those in need before being sent to the hospital for further treatment."  Cotton: Biden border crisis 'gets worse every month' Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., discusses worsening illegal immigration and Coca-Cola's refusal to condemn treatment of Uyghurs in China. BIDEN, HARRIS UNVEIL STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS ‘ROOT CAUSES’ OF IMMIGRATION  Then later that night, McAllen Border Patrol Station agents found 509 migrants traveling in a group near Hidalgo, Texas, comprising of "331 family members, 115 unaccompanied children, and 63 single adults."  "These apprehensions account for...
    At least 336 migrants were stopped by Border Patrol agents as they walked in a caravan along the US-Mexico border in Texas - one of the largest single groups encountered in the area.  Agents apprehended the group Tuesday near the border town of La Grulla and provided medical treatment to many of the migrants who were suffering from dehydration and exhaustion, according to Brian Hastings, the chief patrol agent for the U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector [RGV]. Some of the migrants were hospitalized for additional treatment. 'The journey is dangerous, and smugglers have no regard for human life,' Hastings wrote in a tweet. Border Patrol officers from the U.S. Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector treat one of the 336 undocumented migrants who were found crossing a stretch of the United States-Mexico border in Texas on Tuesday. The group is believe to be one of the largest encountered by agents, according to Brian Hastings, chief patrol officer for the Rio Grande Valley Sector A woman is treated for a heat-related illness near the United States-Mexico border in...
    The largest migrant assistance organization in south Texas is shutting its doors to newcomers, unable to take in more migrants because of the record-high number of people coming over the border and being subsequently released into the United States. This past year, Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley encountered more than 20,000 noncitizens illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Unable to deal with the influx of people being released into downtown McAllen, Texas, Catholic Charities closed its humanitarian respite center. Migrants released from federal custody are allowed to wait in the respite center as they make travel plans to their final destinations across the country. Rather than testing migrants after they are released from Border Patrol facilities, the Border Patrol is now taking people directly from the border to a testing site in McAllen. BORDER AUTHORITIES ENCOUNTERED 190,000 PEOPLE ILLEGALLY CROSSING BORDER IN JUNE, HIGHEST IN 21 YEARS "[Twenty-seven percent] of the unaccompanied children deported this week tested positive for COVID-19 with Brownsville experiencing a 15% positivity rate," Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat, announced in a statement late...
    EXCLUSIVE: The number of detainees who tested positive for COVID-19 in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector alone has increased by 900%, according to information obtained by Fox News.There were 135 detainees who tested positive in the first two weeks of July alone, marking a 900% increase in confirmed positive cases compared to the previous 14 months. MIGRANT ARRESTS AT SOUTHERN BORDER ROSE YET AGAIN IN JUNE TO 188,000, TOPPING 1M THIS FISCAL YEAR The RGV sector is one of the main destinations for migrants crossing the border, seeing more than 2000 apprehensions each day and accounting for 60% of confirmed positive detainees in the U.S. Border Patrol custody. This information was obtained exclusively from a slide distributed to RGV Border Patrol managers to share with agents to help them protect themselves from the virus. In a local radio interview with KURV 710 AM Tuesday in McAllen, Texas, RGV Sector Chief Brian Hastings spoke about COVID cases among agents and said he’s had more than 40 of his agents test positive this fiscal year. TRUMP-ERA DHS OFFICIALS WARN OF ‘CATASTROPHIC’ RESULTS...
    Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector picked up MS-13 gang members and convicted sex offenders among groups of illegal immigrants they apprehended coming across the border over the Fourth of July weekend. On Friday, agents apprehended a Mexican national after a rancher reported him wandering near his porch. It turned out the Mexican had been deported multiple times and had been arrested in 1995 in California for rape and was convicted, serving three years in jail. He was arrested in 2008 for the manufacture of methamphetamine and served 17 years in prison, according to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) release. ARRESTS OF CRIMINAL MIGRANTS, INCLUDING CONVICTIONS FOR SEX, DRUG AND HOMICIDE CRIMES, UP IN FY 2021 A day later, agents in Hidalgo arrested a Honduran who had been arrested for a DUI that resulted in death -- for which he was convicted and served 15 years in prison.  On Sunday, in a group of 18 migrants near McAllen, Texas, agents found a Nicaraguan who had been arrested in Florida in 2002 and charged with sexual assault...
    During the days leading up to Governor Greg Abbott’s border briefing to former President Donald Trump in Weslaco, Texas, Customs and Border Protection officers and Border Patrol agents seized more than $2.5 million in street value worth of cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana in the Rio Grande Valley. At Wednesday’s briefing Texas Department of Public Safety Director, Colonel Steven McCraw told President Trump about the threat an open border poses to residents across America. Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw briefs former President Donald Trump during a tour of the Texas Border. (Photo: Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas) “If you have a drug problem anywhere in the country, you have a border problem,” McCraw told the former president. “If it’s cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, and heroin, the Mexican cartels own it, plain and simple.” His words rang true during a week that saw numerous seizures at border ports of entry and in cities across the Rio Grande Valley. For the Border Patrol, agents routinely seize approximately 43 percent of all cross-border illicit-drug seizures in the United States. In one 12-hour period during the week of Trump’s...
    EDINBURG, Texas (CBSDFW) – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than $500,000 worth of marijuana in two failed narcotics smuggling attempts. On May 13, Weslaco Border Patrol Station agents working near Mercedes, Texas, discovered five abandoned bundles of marijuana. As they searched the area, they apprehended a Mexican national suspected of being involved in the smuggling attempt. An additional four other individuals were observed swimming across the Rio Grande into Mexico. The marijuana weighed over 240 pounds and is worth more than $190K. The suspect and narcotics were turned over to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Earlier Friday morning, Rio Grande City Border Patrol agents working near Chapeño, Texas, received a report of multiple individuals loading bundles of suspected narcotics into a truck. As agents responded to the area, they encountered the vehicle abandoned on the side of the road with 18 bundles of marijuana in the bed of the truck. The marijuana weighed more than 410 pounds and has a value of over $320K. Agents searched the immediate area for suspects; however, none were located....
    EDINBURG, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A convicted child sex offender and convicted murderer were arrested by Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley this week. On April 19, Weslaco Border Patrol Station agents Adrian Munoz-Zamarripa near Donna, Texas. The Mexican national was previously arrested by Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office in Edinburg for aggravated sexual assault of a child. He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to five years confinement. READ MORE: Dallas Man Sentenced In Crash That Killed Mississippi Woman, After Admitting To Driving Drunk That same day, McAllen Border Patrol Station agents apprehended a group of seven migrants south of McAllen. During processing, agents discovered that one man, a Honduran national, had a prior arrest by the Prince Georges County Police Department in Maryland in 2006. READ MORE: Odessa Police Investigating After Men Steal Large Toy Turtle From Indoor Playground  He was convicted of 2nd degree attempted murder and sentenced to 20 years confinement.   MORE NEWS: Former President George W. Bush Criticizes Republican Isolationism, Anti-Immigration Rhetoric  
    A top border official on Saturday said over 800 criminal migrants, including dozens of sex offenders, were apprehended within the Rio Grande Valley in Texas so far in fiscal year 2021. Brian Hastings, who oversees Border Patrol operations for the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, said his agency, in recent months, has arrested 861 illegal immigrants who were later found to have other criminal offenses, of whom 92 were sex offenders, and 63 had gang ties, he wrote in a tweet. The law enforcement official included a photograph of a Salvadoran man who was taken into custody with a prior conviction for murder. Crossing our Borders Within the copious amounts of groups being encountered in #RGV, a Salvadoran man with a prior conviction for murder was discovered. FYTD RGV agents have arrested over 861 criminal aliens, to include 63 gang members and 92 sex offenders.#CrossingOurBorders pic.twitter.com/9MKD9cYPI1— Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings (@USBPChiefRGV) March 27, 2021 In a subsequent post, Hastings said his agency recently encountered five large groups of illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley, wrangling a...
                      by Kaylee Greenlee  Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector of Texas are reportedly releasing illegal immigrants seeking asylum into the U.S. without giving them court dates, Fox News reported Sunday. Illegal immigrants claiming asylum are not given a Notice to Appear before being released from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody, multiple unnamed Border Patrol agents confirmed with Fox News. Since the migrants aren’t given a court date to attend an asylum hearing, the responsibility is on them to schedule one through Immigrations and Customs Enforcement or other legal assistance. Border Patrol agents were reportedly told to use prosecutorial discretion when determining to skip the paperwork needed to schedule a court date, according to Fox News. Biometrical data is gathered from the migrants before they’re released into the U.S. The migrants are screened at a temporary outdoor processing site and does not include unaccompanied minors, Border Patrol agents reportedly told Fox News. The situation at the border has “become so dire that BP [Border Patrol] has no choice...
    Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector of Texas are reportedly releasing illegal immigrants seeking asylum into the U.S. without giving them court dates, Fox News reported Sunday. Illegal immigrants claiming asylum are not given a Notice to Appear before being released from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody, multiple unnamed Border Patrol agents confirmed with Fox News. Since the migrants aren’t given a court date to attend an asylum hearing, the responsibility is on them to schedule one through Immigrations and Customs Enforcement or other legal assistance. Border Patrol agents were reportedly told to use prosecutorial discretion when determining to skip the paperwork needed to schedule a court date, according to Fox News. Biometrical data is gathered from the migrants before they’re released into the U.S. A Honduran asylum seeker (L), embraces a church member upon arrival to the United States on February 26, 2021 in Brownsville, Texas. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) The migrants are screened at a temporary outdoor processing site and does not include unaccompanied minors, Border Patrol agents reportedly told Fox News. The...
    Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley are releasing asylum-seeking migrants into the US without issuing them court dates amid an influx of unlawful crossings along the border, a report said Sunday. The measure is meant to bypass the hours-long process of giving the migrants a “notice to appear,” which requires tedious paperwork, several agents told Fox News. Migrants crossing Customs and Border Protection’s Rio Grande Valley sector — the busiest crossing point in Fiscal Year 2021 — are instead being registered into a digital system using identifying characteristics, the report said. The migrants are then responsible to schedule their own asylum hearing, the report said, either with the help of legal assistance or through Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. On Saturday, before the new move was confirmed, a CBP source told Fox News the migrant crisis has “become so dire that BP [Border Patrol] has no choice but to release people nearly immediately after apprehension because there is no space to hold people even to do necessary NTA paperwork.” Border Patrol agents said the expedited process is not...
    EXCLUSIVE: Fox News confirmed Sunday that Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) have begun to process and release illegal border crossers who claim asylum without issuing a Notice to Appear (NTA) - allowing them to depart custody without scheduling a court date for a hearing. The unprecedented move places the responsibility of seeking an asylum hearing on the migrants through Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or legal assistance. BORDER PATROL RELEASING ILLEGAL CROSSERS INTO US WITHOUT COURT DATE Multiple Border Patrol agents confirmed the new process to Fox News, revealing that they have been directed to use prosecutorial discretion (PD) to forgo the hours-long process of paperwork required to issue an NTA amid the surge of migrants at the border. Instead, Migrants are registered into the system with biometrical data taken and largely released into the public - in one instance - at a bus station in McAllen, TX. The processing is being done mostly at a temporary outdoor processing site. Border Patrol agents emphasized that this does not apply to unaccompanied children. BIDEN ADMIN ALLOWED MAJORITY OF MIGRANT FAMILIES WHO SURRENDERED AT BORDER INTO US ...
    BORDER patrol agents are reportedly planning to begin releasing illegal border crossers into the US without setting any court date. The move comes amid a shocking surge in migrants and unaccompanied minors, with the US seeing the biggest influx in 20 years of migrants entering the country. 6US Customs and Border Protection have recorded over 396,000 migrant crossings since October 1 last yearCredit: AFP Fox News has reported a senior source with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that a plan is being hatched whereby for Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector begin releasing illegal border crossers who claim asylum without issuing a Notice to Appear (NTA). This effectively means they will leave custody without a court date. The source says the reasoning for the decision is that the situation has "become so dire that BP [Border Patrol] has no choice but to release people nearly immediately after apprehension because there is no space to hold people even to do necessary NTA paperwork". Issuing each migrant an NTA can take hours. The radical plan would not apply to...
    Fox News has learned from a senior source with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that a plan is under consideration for Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) to begin releasing illegal border crossers who claim asylum without issuing a Notice to Appear (NTA) – meaning they will depart custody without a court date. Such a decision would be unprecedented if enacted and would place the responsibility of seeking an asylum hearing on the migrants through Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or legal assistance. The source says the reasoning for the decision is that the situation has “become so dire that BP [Border Patrol] has no choice but to release people nearly immediately after apprehension because there is no space to hold people even to do necessary NTA paperwork.” The process of issuing each migrant an NTA can take hours per individual or family. This would not apply to unaccompanied minors. The RGV, based in Texas, is ground zero for the surge in border crossings and is more than 700% overcapacity. When migrants are released in the RGV, Border Patrol usually coordinates it...
    EXCLUSIVE: Fox News has learned from a senior CBP source that a plan is under consideration for Border Patrol Agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) to begin releasing illegal border crossers who claim asylum without issuing a Notice to Appear (NTA) - meaning they will depart custody without a court date.Such a decision would be unprecedented if enacted and would place the responsibility of seeking an asylum hearing on the migrants through Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or legal assistance. The source says the reasoning for the decision is that the situation has "become so dire that BP [Border Patrol] has no choice but to release people nearly immediately after apprehension because there is no space to hold people even to do necessary NTA paperwork." The process of issuing each migrant an NTA can take hours per individual or family. This would not apply to unaccompanied minors. The RGV is ground zero for the surge in border crossings and is more than 700% overcapacity. BIDEN ADMIN ALLOWED MAJORITY OF MIGRANT FAMILIES WHO SURRENDERED AT BORDER INTO US  When...
    Law enforcement sources report that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is busing hundreds of unaccompanied children (UACs) from the Rio Grande Valley to other border communities to alleviate overcrowding. The UACs are transferring to Laredo, Carrizo Springs, and Eagle Pass, Texas, for processing and temporary detention. The children are stuck in limbo at Border Patrol stations as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) struggles to place them in suitable shelter facilities before release. The movement of the UACs should come as no surprise. Apprehensions climbed steadily over the past weeks with nearly 2,000 arrests by Border Patrol on Saturday alone. Nearly 600 of those were unaccompanied children. In a visit to the Texas border region on the same day, senior Biden Administration officials toured a Border Patrol Station and a Health and Human Services detention facility for UACs. Media were not permitted to accompany the delegation, so little is known about the visit. Another senior CBP official is making a visit to the Rio Grande Valley. Sources report that Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott is currently meeting...
    Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents continue to find stash houses near the border where smugglers warehouse their human cargo. Most recently, agents in Pharr, Texas, found 71 migrants packed into a single house. Pharr Police Department officers contacted McAllen Station agents about a suspected human smuggling stash house in their border community. The agents and officers teamed up and conducted a welfare check on the residence, according to Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol officials. Border Patrol agents find 71 migrants packed inside a human smuggling stash house in South Texas. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector) When the team made entry into the house, agents found 71 illegal immigrants, officials stated. The agents conducted immigration interviews and identified the migrants as having traveled to the U.S. from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Agents identified three of the people as unaccompanied minors who were traveling alone. Despite the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, human smugglers continue pushing migrants into the United States in unsafe and often unsanitary conditions. These include packing the migrants into tractor-trailers,...
    Border Patrol agents working the Texas-Mexico border carried out multiple migrant rescue operations as a historic winter storm grips the entire state. Border Patrol officials responded to rolling power outages and provided assistance to local communities as frigid temperatures struck even the Rio Grande Valley. As temperatures fell below freezing, Border Patrol agents from the Falfurrias and Kingsville Stations carried out rescue operations on vast ranch lands located in Brooks, Kenedy, and Kleberg Counties in South Texas, according to information provided by Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol officials. Two Honduran women called 911 and reported they were lost in Brooks County, about 80 miles north of the Texas-Mexico border. Agents began a search based upon cell tower GPS information. The information from the tower only provides approximate locations. Hours later, the Falfurrias Station agents found the two women 16 miles from their reported GPS location. Throughout Sunday night and into Monday, agents rescued migrants who became lost and were too weak to continue walking. After recovering the migrants, Border Patrol agents provide emergency medical assistance. Some of the migrants...
    Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents rescued 18 migrants who became unable to climb out of the frigid waters separating Texas and Mexico. The rescue took place in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday near the Anzalduas Port of Entry. McAllen Station Border Patrol agents working the Rio Grande south of Mission, Texas, encountered a group of migrants stranded in the river. Due to the low temperature, the migrants became unable to pull themselves out, according to information provided by Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol officials. Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings tweeted photos of the rescue effort carried out by the McAllen Station agents. Early this morning, #BorderPatrol agents and CBP Officers rescued 18 people from the swift waters of the Rio Grande. All 18 people were extracted from the water and given emergency blankets to avoid hypothermia. One subject was transported to a local hospital. #savinglives pic.twitter.com/ZbJ7I1QP9N — Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings (@USBPChiefRGV) December 8, 2020 Officials report the migrants became distressed and could not pull themselves out of the water as temperatures...
    Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents disrupted eight human smuggling attempts during a three-day period ending on Friday. The interdictions led to the arrest of seven human smugglers and 53 migrants. McAllen Station Border Patrol agents working the line near La Joya, Texas, on Wednesday, witnessed several suspected illegal aliens climbing into a Ford F-150 pickup truck parked on U.S. Highway 83. Agents attempted to catch up with the truck and eventually found it parked on a road near the La Joya school compound, according to information obtained from Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol officials. McAllen Station Border Patrol agents find a group of illegal aliens packed in a smugglers vehicle near the Texas-Mexico border. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector) The agents called for assistance from the La Joya Police Department and began a search of the area. The search led to the apprehension of the driver of the truck, a U.S. citizen, and nine migrants from El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico, officials stated. A short time later, Weslaco Station Border Patrol agents received information about...
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