U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed a group of 300 illegal immigrants was apprehended by the town of Granjeno, just north of the McAllen-Mexico port of entry early Tuesday morning.
In a press release, McAllen authorities said, “This morning just after midnight, McAllen agents working near Granjeno, Texas, responded to a report of a large group of suspected illegal aliens walking toward the river levee. As agents responded, they observed hundreds of people consisting of family units and unaccompanied children cross the river levee.”
The group of illegal immigrants was taken to the local detention processing center by agents.
The release highlighted McAllen agents as having arrested more than 1,000 illegal immigrants in the last 24-hour period in the Rio Grande Valley. The RGV consists of 19 counties along the Texas southern border. Just last month, Border Patrol in RGV had more than 14,000 family group apprehensions and 2,900 unaccompanied children.
This apprehension lands on the heels of Homeland Security bracing for a growing number of illegal immigrants attempting to enter the U.S. during the warmer months. Unaccompanied minors and family group unit numbers have continued to rise since 2017.
In 2017, local authorities apprehended 75,802 families, whereas in 2018, 107,212 family units entered the U.S. illegally and were apprehended.
From October 2018 to February 2019, local authorities reported a 330 percent increase from the previous fiscal year four-month period. The 330 percent increase reflects a drastic change from 31,100 to 136,150.
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Author: Marissa Martinez