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03/04/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/04/2021 15:18

Border Patrol Agents Apprehended a Group of 105 Illegal Aliens in the Rio Grande Valley

HAVANA, Texas - On Thursday, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended a group of 105 illegal aliens in Havana, Texas.

Early this morning, agents assigned to the McAllen Border Patrol Station encountered 43 illegal aliens who were smuggled into the United States near Havana, Texas. While agents were attending to the first group, smugglers sent an additional group across the Rio Grande. In total, 105 illegal aliens, consisting primarily of families and unaccompanied children were apprehended. The majority of the group is from Central America. However, 13 of these individuals are nationals of Romania. Agents determined 23 unaccompanied juveniles were traveling among the group.

Despite the inherent dangers of crossing the treacherous Rio Grande, subjects continue to risk their lives to enter the United States illegally. In recent days, Border Patrol has conducted multiple rescues of individuals who were set adrift by smugglers on overcrowded inflatable rafts in the Rio Grande.

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.

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