Border patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector encountered the biggest single group of illegal immigrants so far this year, and made over 15,000 arrests all within the last week.
The border has seen a spike in large group crossings according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Agents with the Rio Grande City border patrol station encountered a single group comprised of 298 people walking north along a ranch road near La Grulla, Texas, after illegally entering the United States, according to a CBP statement. This is the largest single group so far this fiscal year, CBP noted.
One individual within the group showed symptoms of COVID-19 and was taken to an area hospital, where the person later tested positive for the virus.
“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,” CBP said.
Agents apprehended another large group of 235 illegal immigrants near La Grulla, including 27 unaccompanied children, according to CBP.
Another group of 203 illegal immigrants was apprehended just a day after the largest group, walking along the same ranch road as the initial group.
The chaos at the southern border has seriously intensified amid a weakened press coverage and nobody holding the Biden admin accountable.
Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings shared the message that a total of over 15,000 illegal immigrants had been apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley sector in one week.
Hastings wrote in a follow-up tweet that, while agents’ attention was diverted to large groups, a smuggler fled the scene, leaving 11 people in a moving vehicle.
“Human smugglers always have and always will place profit over human lives,” wrote Hastings.
Agents in the Yuma sector in Arizona also encountered several large groups of illegal immigrants this past weekend, with Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Chris Clem taking to Twitter to announce that over 8,000 people have been apprehended in the sector so far this month.
“Since FY21 Yuma Sector has apprehended 68,008 migrants, a 854 percent increase from the 7,129 total migrants apprehended during the same time last year,” Clem wrote.
Meanwhile, a recent analysis by Steven Kopits, head of Princeton Policy Advisors, a think tank, projected that immigration officials could encounter a mind-blowing 1.7 million people seeking to enter the United States illegally by the end of 2021 – blaming the Biden administration’s “open border” policies.
The analysis comes after federal immigration officials announced that they had apprehended 188,829 people illegally crossing the southwest border in June, up from 180,034 in May. The figure includes more than 15,000 unaccompanied minors, over 55,000 family units, and over 117,000 single adults.
“The only way to achieve such stratospheric numbers is by a deliberate policy of holding the border open,” Kopits wrote in the analysis. “In all but two of the last twenty-one years, June apprehensions were below May apprehensions,” Kopits wrote. “The case is just the opposite this year, suggesting that extraordinary factors — like an open border — are stimulating continued and counter-seasonal flows of illegal immigration.”
Author: Dennis Kain