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Migrants Found in Grain Hopper Rail Cars near Border in Texas

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.

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

More Migrants Risk Dying in U.S. with Spike in Railway Smuggling

As with most metrics used to measure activity during the ongoing migration crisis, Border Patrol is experiencing a surge in rail car smuggling. In Uvalde, Texas, arrests of migrants on trains are surging at unprecedented levels. On some days, more migrants are apprehended on a single train than were seen in entire months in previous years.

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25 Migrants Found Packed in Railcars near Border in Texas

Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents found a group of migrants packed into three grain-hopper railcars near Uvalde, Texas. Migrants attempting to sneak past Border Patrol agents frequently risk injury or death by utilizing railcars for transportation into the U.S. interior after illegally crossing the border from Mexico.

Uvalde Station Border Patrol agents find 25 migrants packed into three grain-hopper railcars near Uvalde, Texas. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Del Rio Sector)