2018-02-07 / News

Threats in the mix

On January 26, 2018, agents assigned to the Weslaco Border Patrol Station encountered and apprehended a group of 44 illegal aliens near Hidalgo, Texas. All subjects were from Guatemala and were comprised of family units and unaccompanied children.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector continues to lead the nation in family unit and unaccompanied children apprehensions. “This trend presents a concern of criminal aliens and/or gang members disguising themselves within these classifications,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr. Agents have encountered illegal aliens using infant children and fraudlent documents to pose as family units to avoid expedited repatriation.

This past Saturday, McAllen agents apprehended a Mexican national near Mission, Texas. It was later discovered that he had an outstanding warrant in Atlanta, Georgia for rape, child molestation and sexual battery of a minor.

On Monday, January 29, Harlingen agents encountered a Mexican national near Los Indios, Texas who’s criminal history revealed that he had been convicted of indecency with a child and was sentenced to three years in jail.

On Thursday, February 1, agents working at the Falfurrias Checkpoint referred a tractor trailer to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol K9 alerted to the trailer. Upon investigation, agents discovered a total of fifty-three illegal aliens concealed amongst the cargo. Within the group, agents identified a Salvadoran national who is a member of the notoriously violent Mara- Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang.

“These criminal apprehensions are recurring examples of how these threats assimilate themselves amongst a mix of unsuspecting illegal alien family units and unaccompanied children,” stated Chief Manuel Padilla, Jr.

All subjects are being processed accordingly.

The public is encouraged to get involved and help save lives by calling 911 if they see or are aware of these dangerous smuggling tactics.

Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection. Follow us on Twitter at @CBPRGV.

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