Migrants Found in Grain Hopper Rail Cars near Border in Texas

Hebbronville Station Border Patrol agents find 15 migrants locked inside a grain hopper rail car. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)
Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector

Border Patrol agents in the Laredo and Del Rio Sectors found more than 40 migrants being smuggled inside grain hoppers and other rail cars near the Texas-Mexico border. The practice of smuggling migrants inside these sealed containers places the migrants in life-threatening conditions.

Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents inspected a train near Uvalde, Texas, according to videos tweeted by Epoch Times reporter Charlotte Cuthbertson on Tuesday. The videos show multiple migrants being unloaded by Border Patrol agents from the bottom of a sealed grain hopper. The train originated from the border city of Eagle Pass, Texas.

Agents removed 21 Mexican nationals from the grain hopper and four Honduran migrants from other rail cars on the same train.

Under Title 42 COVID-19 protocols put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the Trump administration, the migrants will be expelled to Mexico.

In the neighboring Laredo Sector, Hebbronville Station agents found 16 more migrants being smuggled in grain hoppers and other rail cars. The agents uncovered the failed smuggling attempt near Hebbronville, Texas during the morning of June 22, according to information obtained from Laredo Sector Border Patrol officials.

The agents inspected the train and found 15 migrants from Mexico locked inside the grain hoppers. They also found another Mexican national in a separate railcar, officials said.

“This dangerous method of traveling further into the United States after illegal entry is strongly discouraged as it often results in serious injury or death,” Laredo Sector officials said in a written statement. “Many times, migrants choose this grueling method of transportation without realizing the consequences of their actions until it is too late. Fortunately, in this case, agents detected the individuals and were able to rescue them before any fell victim to a heat-related injury.”

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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