More than 500 illegal aliens were captured in three groups during a hectic 24-hour span in one Texas county this weekend, according to reports.
Border Patrol agents in Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector continue to apprehend a steady flow of large groups of migrants from around the world in Starr County, which lies on the Texas-Mexico border.
“Rio Grande City Station agents encountered three large groups totaling 517 noncitizens in Starr County in 24 hours span over the weekend,” Customs and Border Protection said in a statement on Monday.
“The groups consisted of 287 single adults, 143 family members, and 87 unaccompanied children. The migrants are from Central and South America, Kazakhstan, and Cuba.”
RGV Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings shared photos of the groups on social media, along with images from other smuggling busts that took place during the same period.
“In just 24 hrs USBP agents encounter 3 large groups totaling 517 migrants in Starr County, more than half were single adults,” Hastings wrote.
“Additionally, 5 human smuggling events were disrupted by RGV agents and local law enforcement agencies.”
Agents at the Falfurrias Border Patrol checkpoint discovered illegal aliens hiding among fresh produce in the backs of multiple tractor-trailers that passed through less than an hour apart.
Other busts involved dangerous vehicle pursuits, including at least two in which the drivers escaped.
Border authorities recorded more than 201,000 ‘encounters’ in the Rio Grande Valley Sector during the first five months of Fiscal Year 2022, an increase of 106% over the same period the previous year.
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