10 Human Smuggling Attempts Busted near Border in Rio Grande Valley

Border Patrol agents found nearly 150 migrants in 10 human smuggling operations in South Texas during a three-day period. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)
Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector

Not all migrants are surrendering to Border Patrol agents in South Texas. Rio Grande Valley Sector agents continue to disrupt human smuggling incidents where the goal is to reach the U.S. interior and skirt immigration courts.

McAllen Border Patrol Station agents received a call on March 29 from a concerned citizen regarding a large group of migrants who illegally crossed the border from Mexico near Sullivan City, Texas, Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol officials reported. Agents responded to the area and observed migrants attempting to load into a vehicle, according to information from sector officials. Sullivan City is located along the Texas-Mexico border west of Mission.

The agents approached the vehicle and multiple people bailed out and fled into the brush. The responding agents initiated a search of the area and rounded up 15 migrants illegally present in the U.S. The driver managed to escape apprehension.

Later that day, agents working near Roma, Texas, received a tip about a possible human smuggling stash house. The agents conducted a welfare check on the residence and found another 14 migrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.

Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings tweeted photos from eight additional human smuggling interdictions that occurred over the weekend. These interdictions led to the arrest of 105 illegal immigrants, Hastings wrote.

During the first six months of this fiscal year, which began on October 1, 2020, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents successfully disrupted more than 200 human smuggling stash house operations, Chief Hastings tweeted.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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