More migrants detained as Central Americans discover Ojinaga and Presidio border crossing
PRESIDIO – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Presidio station apprehended almost 100 undocumented immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Belize last Thursday, May 16, said Arain Carrera, Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agent for public affairs.
At about 6:30am, the Presidio Station was informed of a large group of individuals attempting make illegal entry into the U.S. within the city limits of Presidio.
Presidio agents responded to the last known location of the group and safely arrested 98 individuals without incident. The group was mostly made up of family units and unaccompanied children.
All 98 subjects will be charged and processed according to the applicable immigration laws.
Patrol Agent in Charge of the Presidio Station Derek Boyle said, “Transnational criminal organizations continue to use large groups to saturate and distract our agents. While these groups affect our ability to provide effective border security, it is through our community partnerships that we have been extremely successful in apprehending human trafficking and narcotics smuggling loads. I am proud of Presidio Station and Big Bend Sector agents, as well as the efforts and collaboration from our state, local and international partners.”
The Big Bend Sector has already apprehended over 800 undocumented immigrants in the month of May, Carrera noted.
Earlier last week, an agent assigned to the Presidio Border Patrol Station rescued two adult females and two children, ages 8 and 12, from the Rio Grande near Presidio.
On Monday, May 13, the agent, while responding to a report of subjects attempting to illegally enter the U.S., observed four individuals in distress. The agent took immediate action and pulled four persons from the water to safety.
The agent, a certified EMT, medically assessed the subjects and determined they did not sustain any injuries.
Big Bend Border Patrol Sector Chief Patrol Agent Hudak said, “The brave actions that our agent took to save these lives, demonstrates the compassion and care we have towards saving a human life. Thankfully four lives were saved without incident.”
The subjects, all citizens of Honduras, were transported to the Presidio Border Patrol Station for processing. The subjects did not require any further medical attention.
Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents patrol 517 miles of the Southwest border, an area that extends from Sierra Blanca to Sanderson.
The Presidio Station area consists of the southern half of Presidio County, the third largest county in the state of Texas. The station is responsible for 114 border miles between the U.S. and Mexico and 1,100 square miles of area of responsibility.