HIDALGO, TX – Over the past weekend, Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) apprehended 494 migrants divided into three large groups in Hidalgo and Starr counties.
The first intervention occurred in Starr County, when agents from the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station encountered two large groups with a total of 373 migrants.
These groups consisted of 101 family members, 130 unaccompanied children and 142 single adults. The migrants encountered were from Cuba and various Central and South American countries.
In addition, agents from the McAllen Border Patrol station found another large group with a total of 121 migrants in Hidalgo County. The contingent consisted of 30 family members, 70 unaccompanied children and 21 single adults.
The Border Patrol detailed that the migrants were originally from Georgia, Ecuador and Central American countries, who like the previously detained undocumented migrants, were processed accordingly.
From October 2021 to date, RGV agents have encountered more than 130 large groups that illegally entered the United States, resulting in more than 21,000 migrant apprehensions.
Border Patrol officials indicated that the logistics required to transport and process groups of this size continue to place a strain on the corporation’s manpower and resources, as generally, these groups are encountered in desolate and inaccessible areas.