57 Migrants Apprehended on Texas Ranch 40 Miles from Border

Border Patrol agents from the Laredo Sector apprehended 57 illegal aliens on a ranch near Oilton, Texas. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)
File Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector
BOB PRICE

Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents arrested 57 migrants on a ranch located about 40 miles from the Texas-Mexico border on Thursday. The arrests occurred during a smuggling operation involving four pick-up trucks.

Hebbronville Station Border Patrol agents observed four pick-up trucks on a ranch located north of the town of Oilton, Texas, during the early morning hours of April 12. The agents monitored the alleged smuggling operation as they waited for assistance from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) helicopter aircrew, according to information obtained by Breitbart News from Laredo Sector Border Patrol officials.

Migrants packed like cargo in the rear of a pick-up truck discovered by Border Patrol agents near Oilton, Texas. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)

Migrants packed like cargo in the rear of a pick-up truck discovered by Border Patrol agents near Oilton, Texas. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)

As the agents approached the vehicles, they discovered 40 illegal aliens hiding in the beds and cabs of the four pick-up trucks, officials stated. The AMO aircrew began a search operation of the area and found an additional 17 illegal aliens hiding in the brush. Ground-based agents located the migrants and took them into custody.

During immigration interviews, the agents learned that the 57 migrants came to the U.S. from four different countries — Guatemala (30), Mexico (19), Honduras (6), and Nicaragua (2).  The agents transported all 57 illegal aliens to the Hebbronville Station.

Migrants packed like cargo in the rear of a pick-up truck discovered by Border Patrol agents near Oilton, Texas. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)

Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector

All migrants apprehended by Border Patrol agents after illegally crossing the border are subjected to a biometric background investigation. The investigation checks for prior criminal and immigration history as well as gang affiliation.

Officials stated that the migrants will be processed according to Laredo Sector guidelines.

The Laredo Sector is one of only two sectors that is not experiencing triple-digit growth in the apprehension of Central American migrant families. During the first half of Fiscal Year 2019, the Laredo Sector experienced only an 87 percent growth of Family Unit Alien apprehensions over the previous year.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for the Breitbart Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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