Border Patrol agents continue to patrol the busiest sections of the border and continuously encounter large numbers of migrants illegally crossing into Texas from Mexico. Nearly 24,000 migrants were apprehended in the last weeks alone.

Last Friday, Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings tweeted that nearly 24,000 migrants have been taken into custody in his sector in the past two weeks. Most being families and causing children to go unaccompanied.

Agents in the Rio Grande Station encountered 134 migrants after illegally crossing the border near Las Lomas, Texas. The border patrol agents found that most are from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

Agents from the same station encountered another group of migrants near La Grulla, Texas a few hours later.. The agents apprehended 113 additional migrants, most of which are families and unaccompanied children. 

“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,” officials said in a written statement.

Last week, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents apprehended large groups of migrants from Central America near La Grulla, La Joya, and Roma. These groups totaled 339 migrants from Central America, Romania, and Cuba, officials stated.

“Despite the inherent dangers of crossing the treacherous Rio Grande, illegal aliens continue to risk their lives to enter the United States,” Border Patrol officials stated. “In recent days, Border Patrol has conducted multiple rescues of individuals, who were set adrift by smugglers. Groups are smuggled on inflatable rafts almost always exceeding the maximum capacity of the rafts, and rarely provided life vests.”