Big Bend Sector

Remains of Suspected Migrant Found in West Texas Desert near Border

Deer hunters happened upon the gruesome sight of decomposing human remains as they moved through a remote desert region in West Texas on Sunday. The hunters summoned Culberson County Sheriff’s Office from Van Horn, Texas, after discovering the badly decomposed human remains lying on the desert floor.

A Culberson County, Texas, Sheriff's Office deputy recovers the remains suspected to be those of a Mexican migrant. (Photo: Culberson County Sheriff's Office)

49 Migrants Found Locked in Tractor-Trailer at West Texas Border Patrol Checkpoint

Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended 49 migrants found locked inside a tractor-trailer at the Interstate 10 immigration checkpoint. The apprehension at the checkpoint comes on the same day Border Patrol officials closed similar checkpoints in the Del Rio Sector. Officials have subsequently closed the Laredo Sector checkpoints in an attempt to divert additional resources to the humanitarian crisis in Del Rio, Texas.

Sierra Blanca Border Patrol agents find 49 migrants locked inside a tractor-trailer at the Interstate 10 Immigration Checkpoint. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Big Bend Sector)

Trafficked Migrants Released in Texas Panhandle After Feds Refused Custody, Says Sheriff

For a second time in as many days, Hutchinson County Sheriff Blaik Kemp and his deputies were forced to release migrants after federal officials refused to take them into custody. Sheriff’s office officials released the migrants, 24 in all, after Kemp exhausted all efforts to get assistance from federal agencies. Deputies arrested two suspects and charged them with Trafficking of Persons among other charges.

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Migrants Smuggled in Trucks, RV in Most Remote Southern Border Sector

Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents continue to find human smugglers packing migrants into dangerously overloaded vehicles that are ripe for the spread of COVID-19. The Big Bend Sector covers some of the most remote areas of the southwestern border including 517 border miles, 77 Texas counties, and the entire state of Oklahoma.

Van Horn Station Border Patrol agents find a group of migrants packed into an overloaded pickup truck. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Big Bend Sector)

Texas Cops Find 40 Migrants Locked in Horse Trailer

A Culberson County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped a pick-up truck pulling a horse trailer on Friday just south of the tiny West Texas Town of Van Horn. Normally, in cattle country, a truck pulling a livestock trailer is part of the normal landscape. On this occasion, the deputy was surprised when he discovered 40 illegal migrants crammed into the hot trailer.

Culberson County Sheriff's Office deputies find migrants locked inside horse trailer. (Photo: Culberson County Sheriff's Office)

Ten Camouflaged Migrants Appended near Border Area in West Texas

Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended 10 migrants dressed in camouflage as they hiked through a steep canyon after illegally entering the U.S. from Mexico. This is at least the second time this month where agents in this sector found illegal immigrants attempting to hide from apprehension with special clothing.

Alpine Station Border Patrol agents apprehended a group of Texas migrants in camouflage after they illegally crossed the border from Mexico into Texas. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Big Bend Sector)