East African, Middle Eastern Migrants Apprehended in Texas near Border

Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents apprehend a large group of mostly Venezuelan migrants near Eagle Pass, Texas. (U.S. Border Patrol/Del Rio Sector)
U.S. Border Patrol/Del Rio Sector

Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents continue to apprehend migrants from a multitude of nations who cross the border illegally from Mexico into Texas. Recent apprehensions include migrants from what Border Patrol classifies as “special interest” nations including East African, Middle Eastern, and Asian nations.

Over the Thanksgiving week, Del Rio Sector agents apprehended migrants from Eritrea, Lebanon, Syria, and Tajikistan, according to information obtained from Del Rio Sector Border Patrol officials. Newly appointed Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jason Owens tweeted a photo showing the apprehension of a large group of mostly Venezuelan migrants who also illegally crossed from Mexico into Texas.

“We encounter individuals from all over the world attempting to illegally enter our country,” Chief Owens said in a written statement. “Our agents are focused and work hard to ensure that we detect, arrest, and identify anyone that enters our country in order to maintain [the] safety of our communities.”

Eagle Pass Station agents apprehended one female and five males from Eritrea and one male from Uzbekistan near Eagle Pass, Texas, on November 24, officials stated. Eritrea is located in northeastern Africa along the Red Sea. It borders Ethiopia, Sudan, and Djibouti.

Two days later, Del Rio Station agents apprehended two men — one from Syria and one from Lebanon. The following day, Eagle Pass Station agents apprehended a man from Tajikistan.

These apprehensions of foreign nationals add to the 28,111 migrants from more than 50 nations apprehended by Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents in October — the first month of the new fiscal year. November apprehension numbers are not yet available.

During all of FY21, Del Rio Sector agents apprehended migrants from 106 different nations, officials reported.

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, Parler @BobPrice, and Facebook.

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