Border Patrol Agents Arrest Large Groups of Illegal Aliens in Mission, Texas

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MISSION, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended a total of 266 illegal aliens in two separate events, on Wednesday and Thursday night.  Both groups entered the United States illegally near Mission, Texas.

On Wednesday night, agents assigned to the McAllen Border Patrol (MCS) Station apprehended a group of 126 illegal aliens, consisting mainly of family units (FMUA) and unaccompanied alien children (UAC) south of Mission, Texas.  

The following day, MCS agents apprehended another group of 140 illegal aliens near the same location as the previous day. The second group also consisted mainly of FMUAs and UACs from Central America.  

Despite the frigid temperatures and inherent dangers of crossing the treacherous Rio Grande, subjects continue to risk their lives to enter the United States illegally.  In addition to the dangers normally faced when entering the United States illegally, the Rio Grande Valley is experiencing record low temperatures. In recent days, Border Patrol has conducted multiple rescues of individuals who were abandoned in the brush by smugglers, some of which required medical attention after being exposed to frigid temperatures.

Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation.  The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.  

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