Huge caravan of 509 migrants, including 115 unaccompanied minors, stopped by US Border Patrol in Texas border town less than 24 hours after 336 people were detained after illegally crossing from Mexico
- Near Hidalgo, Texas, a total of 509 migrants were stopped on Tuesday evening after crossing the United States-Mexico border in a caravan.
- It comes after a group of 336 people were arrested and taken into custody Tuesday morning near La Grulla, Texas.
- The encounters were reported by the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the US Border Patrol, which stopped more than 20,000 migrants last week.
US Border Patrol agents encountered one of the largest groups of migrants in recent history when a caravan of 509 people from Central and South America was stopped after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border into Texas.
According to the Rio Grande Valley Sector, officers assigned to the McAllen Border Patrol Station were patrolling the border area near Hidalgo, Texas, when they encountered the group, which consisted of 331 family members and 115 unaccompanied minors, on Tuesday night. A total of 63 single adults were also part of the group, all of whom have been taken into custody.
The encounter with undocumented migrants is believed to be the largest to date in the Rio Grande Valley Sector since the US Customs and Border Patrol sector began registering numbers in 2007.
The caravan consisted of migrants from Ecuador, Venezuela, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Agents of the US border patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector near Hidalgo, Texas, stopped a caravan of 509 migrants from Central and South America after crossing the US-Mexico border on Tuesday. It is considered one of the largest groups that Rio Grande Valley Sector agents have encountered since the department began tracking detentions in 2007.
The caravan of 509 migrants, including 115 unaccompanied minors, arrested and taken into custody Tuesday night included citizens from Ecuador, Venezuela, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Rio Grande Valley Sector agents encountered 509 migrants near Hidalgo, Texas, Tuesday night, less than 24 hours after stopping a group of 336.
“From the river to the ranchlands, our agents are committed to locating and rescuing lost or distressed individuals,” Rio Grande Valley Sector chief patrol officer Brian Hastings said in a statement.
The arrest came just less than 24 hours after Rio Grande Valley Sector agents took 336 migrants, including eight unaccompanied children, into custody near La Grulla, Texas, after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico.
Most migrants received medical treatment for dehydration and exhaustion. Some of the people have been hospitalized.
The migrants were identified as citizens of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador.
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.
Children and adults wait to board US Border Patrol buses in Texas after being detained on Tuesday for crossing the US-Mexico border
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.
More than 20,000 people were arrested last week for illegally entering the United States along the southwestern border, according to data from the Rio Grande Valley Sector.
A CBO spokesperson told DailyMail.com that 47 percent of the industry’s agents are handling and transporting the large group of migrants who have flooded through the southwestern border, endangering the security of the country.
More than 1.07 million migrants were detained between October 1, 2020 and January 30, 2021. Rio Grande Valley Sector agents intercepted 331,661 migrants – a 46% increase from the previous year.
The CBP report last month found that of 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.