El Paso Sector

More Funds, Fewer Crossings Re-Open Inland Border Stops near El Paso

El Paso Sector Border Patrol officials re-opened all six of its inland security checkpoints following a decrease in illegal crossings and more Congressional funding. The checkpoints provide a substantial backstop to reduce human smuggling and the flow of drugs further into the continental U.S.

In this Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 photo, a sign warns of the upcoming California Pine Valley checkpoint, on the main route from Arizona to San Diego. California legalizes marijuana for recreational use Jan. 1 but that won't stop federal agents from seizing small amounts on busy freeways and backcountry highways. …

Border Patrol Aids El Paso Police During Walmart Shooting Spree

U.S. Border Patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers joined dozens of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to assist in the tragic shooting on Saturday at an El Paso Walmart. The federal officials assisted in containment of the crime scene, the task of clearing buildings from potential danger, and providing medical assistance to victims of the shooting.

Border Patrol agents and CBP officers provide assistance to El Paso Police Department officers at the scene of the Walmart Shooing on Aug, 3. (Photo: JOEL ANGEL JUAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Alleged Child Rapist Found in Group of 88 Migrants near New Mexico Border

El Paso Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended a group of 88 migrants near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry on July 19. Inside the group, agents found a Guatemalan man traveling with a minor alleged to be his child. Officials report the Guatemalan has an active Kansas warrant for rape and kidnapping of a child under the age of 14.

YUMA, AZ - MARCH 17: Handcuffs are removed from a suspected illegal immigrant as he is loaded into the back of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection border patrol vehicle after being apprehended on the California side of the Colorado River on March 17, 2006 near Yuma, Arizona. As Congress …

Migrant Family Apprehensions in 2019 Up 469 Percent over Last Year

Apprehensions of migrant families who illegally cross the southwestern border from Mexico in Fiscal Year 2019 increased 469 percent over the same period last year. Despite the nearly 33 percent drop of migrant family apprehensions from May to June 2019, the increase in year-to-date apprehensions illustrates the enormity of the current crisis.

Border Patrol agents in Arizona continue to apprehend large groups of mostly Central American migrant families. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Tucson Sector)

Seven Bodies Found in Four Days Along Texas, New Mexico Border Canals

Officials in El Paso, Texas, recovered the bodies of seven people who apparently drowned in canals and irrigation tunnels along the Mexican border. The most recent recovery occurred on Tuesday night when officials found a man and a girl on a bank. Officials believe all but one were migrants crossing from Mexico.

American Canal in El Paso

Migrant Surge Overwhelming Resources Along U.S. Border, Say Charities

The surge of Central American migrant families and unaccompanied minors is overwhelming charitable organizations along the border who are tasked with providing shelter and aid. Recent changes in Border Patrol policies led to migrants being released directly to shelters instead of being turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

Migrants receive food from volunteers at Centro San Juan Diego shelter in El Paso, Texas November 4, 2018 night, the shelter is currently housing migrants from Central America and Mexico who have sought asylum because of political instability. - Sending thousands of troops to the US-Mexico border to counter a …

REPORT: El Paso Sector Closes Inland Checkpoints to Divert Resources to Border

El Paso Sector Border Patrol officials reportedly closed down inland immigration checkpoints to move more resources to the border. The move comes as the El Paso Sector faces a massive number of illegal large-group border crossings by Central American migrant families. The closures amplify the current crisis along the southwest border.

El Paso Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 400 migrants in a five-minute period on March 19, 2019. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/El Paso Sector)

700 Migrants Apprehended in One Day in El Paso Sector

El Paso Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 700 mostly Central American migrants on Wednesday. The migrants included a 2-year-old unaccompanied minor. Agents also arrested two previously deported sex offenders who attempted to use the large groups as a diversion to sneak over the border.

El Paso Sector Border Patrol agents apprehend migrant families who illegally crossed the border to seek asylum. (File Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)