GRANJENO, Texas – In a three-hour span Sunday, 140 Central American migrants crossed into Texas from the cartel-controlled city of Reynosa and surrendered to U.S. authorities with the expectation of being released shortly thereafter. The images of the crossings come at a time when the leaders of U.S. Border Patrol report record-setting apprehensions.
The images were captured by Breitbart News in an area immediately north of the Texas border in a region known as Rincon Village, under the Anzalduas International Bridge. The area has long been considered by law enforcement as a busy corridor used by the Gulf Cartel to move Central American migrants into Texas. Since many migrants are family units or request asylum, they are released in a matter of days.
In a three hour span, 140 migrants in seven separate groups walked north from the river, following orders from human smugglers to walk until they found U.S. Border Patrol agents. Rincon Village is the same location where, in November 2016, Breitbart News encountered a total of 43 migrants in a single afternoon as they crossed from Reynosa into Texas.
The large groups crossing into Texas through Rincon come at a time when Border Patrol agents apprehended 2,400 migrants throughout the entire Rio Grande Valley Sector in just one day.
The most recent figures released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection reveal that federal authorities apprehended nearly a quarter-million migrant families this year between ports of entry. The most recent figures show that from October 2018 to April 2019, agents apprehended 248,197 Family Units and 44,779 children traveling without parents or legal guardians.
Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Border / Cartel Chronicles. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com.
Brandon Darby is the managing director and editor-in-chief of Breitbart Border / Cartel Chronicles. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and senior Breitbart management. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at email@example.com.