Texas Border Business
EDINBURG, Texas – On Thursday, Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol agents apprehended 47 noncitizens in two human smuggling events.
Yesterday afternoon, RGV agents received information regarding a residence in Edinburg, Texas, operating as a possible human smuggling stash house. Agents requested the assistance of the Hidalgo County Sherriff’s Office with the investigation. When agents and deputies arrived on scene, they discovered 27 noncitizens inside the home. Agents determined the subjects were from the countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, and Honduras.
Later that afternoon, the Weslaco Border Patrol Station received a call for assistance by Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers, regarding the abandonment of suspected noncitizens inside a box truck located in a motel parking lot in McAllen, Texas. When agents arrived on scene, they learned that DPS troopers successfully rescued 20 migrants from the vehicle. At the time of the discovery, the outside temperature was over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The migrants were medically evaluated and transported to a Border Patrol station for processing. Further investigation revealed the driver abandoned the vehicle an hour prior to the discovery. The smuggled migrants are from the countries of Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Dominican Republic.
All subjects were processed accordingly.
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.