At least 336 migrants were stopped by Border Patrol agents as they marched in a caravan along the US-Mexico border in Texas — one of the largest single groups found in the area.
Officers detained the group near the border town of La Grulla on Tuesday and provided medical treatment to many of the migrants suffering from dehydration and exhaustion, according to Brian Hastings, the chief patrol officer 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 respect for human lives,” Hastings wrote in a tweet.
Border patrol officers from the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol treat one of 336 undocumented migrants found crossing the United States-Mexico border into Texas on Tuesday. The group is considered to be one of the largest cops encounter, according to Brian Hastings, Rio Grande Valley Sector’s chief of patrol.
A woman is being treated Tuesday for a heat-related illness near the United States-Mexico border in Texas. The woman was among a group of 336 migrants who were stopped by agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the US Border Patrol.
Children and adults wait to board US Border Patrol buses in Texas after being detained on Tuesday for crossing the US-Mexico border
“The Rio Grande Valley Sector of US Customs and Border Protection continues to encounter significant numbers of undocumented migrants crossing the border. RGV continues to evict individuals under Title 42 authorities as part of COVID mitigation efforts and uses pathways under Title 8 procedures to remove those susceptible to their homeland,” a Rio Grande Valley Sector spokesperson said in a statement. . “During these challenging times, our federal, state and local partnerships are indispensable as we work to secure our borders and move individuals swiftly out of USBP custody and through the appropriate immigration route.”
The discovery of the massive group comes two days after the RGV sector announced that agents have detained more than 20,000 individuals for illegally entering the United States along the southwestern border.
More than 1.07 million migrants were detained between October 1, 2020 and January 30, 2021. Of those, agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector intercepted 331,661 migrants – a 46% increase from the previous year.
The CBP’s report last month found that of the 188,829 migrants were stopped for illegally crossing the United States-Mexico border in June.
Figures released on July 16 show that 188,829 migrants were found at the southwestern border in June, even more than U.S. Customs and Border Protection in May.
The photo shows some of the more than 20,000 people who were stopped last week for illegal passage across the southwestern border by agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol.
A group of migrants await transfer after being detained by the US Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector last week
During the first five months that President Joe Biden was in office, a total of 822,680 people were stopped at the southwestern international border that spans 1,954 miles.
As part of an effort to contain a border crisis that worsened during former President Donald Trump’s last eight months in the White House and spiraled out of control when Biden succeeded him, Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott revealed on Tuesday that the National Guard would be deployed to the US-Mexico border to help troopers make arrests.
The announcement comes as Texas this month began detaining migrants caught entering private land, part of a wider campaign by Abbott to tighten border enforcement and take Trump’s hardline on immigration as it number of crossings remains high.
“Responding to this disaster and securing the rule of law on our southern border requires more manpower,” Abbott wrote in a letter to Major General Tracy R. Norris, adjutant general of the Texas National Guard.
Critics have previously expressed concerns about governors using Guard members to take an active role in law enforcement. Other GOP governors have sent members of the National Guard to the border in recent months, including South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, a potential 2024 presidential candidate who flew to Texas this week to check in about 50 Guard members seeking volunteered for a 30-day deployment.
Kate Huddleston, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney, called Abbott’s latest orders “unusual and extremely disturbing.”
“We are concerned about asylum seekers and other migrants coming to the United States, and we are also concerned about border residents who have suffered in the past from this saturation of border law enforcement and are now doing so again,” said Huddleston. . said.