Border agents capture 1,800 illegal immigrants, including a Mexican gang member, who travel across the US border in just one day
- Border police officers intercepted around 1,800 illegal immigrants on Tuesday
- Half of the detainees were found near El Paso, Texas, according to officials
- Border Patrol said that more than 980 before 5 o'clock in the morning after crossing were detained in three large groups consisting mainly of Central American families
- Other migrants were also detained in New Mexico and Arizona
Border police officers intercepted about 1,800 illegal immigrants in one day when they crossed the border with the United States.
Half of those detained on Tuesday, crossing from Mexico, were found in the El Paso, Texas area, officials said.
Border patrol said that more than 980 were arrested before 5 o'clock in the morning after crossing into three large groups.
Border Patrol agents have released night surveillance footage showing that a large group is on Tuesday at El Paso, Texas, along the border between the United States and Mexico
The groups were mostly composed of families from Central America.
Officials have released night surveillance footage in which a large group is crossing the border between the United States and Mexico.
Other migrants were also detained in New Mexico and Arizona.
A group of more than 230 immigrants were detained in the port of Antelope Wells in far-off New Mexico, before another 130 group was arrested there later in the day.
Agents detained another 360 at Sunland Park, New Mexico.
A group of 360 was arrested at the Ajo station in Tucson after agents had seen several buses arriving at the border.
Border Patrol said that more than 980 were arrested on Tuesday before 5:00 am after crossing into three large groups. A night surveillance image of the group crossing is shown above
The groups of migrants detained Tuesday were mostly composed of families from Central America
One of the people who had been detained on Tuesday was Mexican gang member Victor Chavez Ibarra. The 46-year-old Mexican has an American criminal record for burglary and possession of cocaine.
Authorities said that Chavez was arrested and detained in a prison in El Paso for illegal re-entry.
Two other men from El Salvador were also arrested, including a gang member and a convicted sex offender.
Border Patrol said in six months they encountered 114 different groups of more than 100 people illegally crossing the United States.
They said they only met 13 groups of 100 people last year.
In addition to El Paso, other migrants were also detained Tuesday in New Mexico and Arizona