Human Smuggling

Mexican Migrants Rescued in Remote New Mexico Desert

The Mexican Consulate contacted U.S. Border Patrol officials in the El Paso Sector shortly after midnight on June 20 about a group of five migrants who became lost in the desert. The Mexican officials advised that a group of Mexican nationals needed rescue because they had no food or water.

New Mexico border region. (PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images)

WATCH: Migrant Spotted Shooting at AZ Border Wall

Yuma Sector Border Patrol camera operators observed a group of migrants cross the primary barrier near San Luis, Arizona. One of the migrants pulled a weapon and fired several rounds toward the secondary barrier.

YUMA, AZ Graded earth, lights, and a steel border extend east from the border crossing at San Luis on south of Yuma, Arizona. As Congress begins a new battle over immigration policy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border patrol agents in Arizona are struggling to control undocumented immigrants that …

Deported Criminal Aliens Cross Into U.S. with Large Migrant Groups, Say Feds

Border Patrol officials in El Paso say that previously deported criminal aliens and gang members are attempting to sneak back into the U.S. by hiding in the large groups of Central American migrants. All migrants go through a biometric background investigation as part of the processing of the groups at the border.

Immigrants walk handcuffed after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and being caught by the U.S. Border Patrol on December 7, 2015 near Rio Grande City, Texas. Border Patrol agents continue to capture hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants, even as the total numbers of those crossing has gone down. (Photo …

Migrant Rescues Along Southwestern Border Top 3K in 2019

The ongoing crisis along the U.S. border with Mexico is causing a substantial increase in the number of migrant rescues carried out by Border Patrol agents this year. More than 3,000 rescues have occurred in the current year–many in conditions that put the agents’ lives at risk in the process.

Border Patrol agents rescue a Mexican migrant who broke his leg in a remote area of the Arizona desert. (File 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

Border Patrol Rescues 18 Migrants After 10-Hour Hike

Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector carried out mountain rescue operations and successfully recovered 18 migrants pushed beyond their “limits” by human smugglers. Two were hospitalized for injuries.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescue injured migrant in mountainous desert region. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Tucson Sector)

Mexico Claims Some Migrant Caravan Funding Came from U.S., England

Mexican tax officials froze the assets of 26 individuals and entities they allege are tied to human smuggling organizations or to promoting Central American migrant caravans. The caravans moved thousands of individuals from the “northern triangle” through Mexico to the U.S. border. The funding for the migrant caravans allegedly came from the U.S., England, Africa, and Central America.

Members of a US-bound migrant caravan stand on a road after federal police briefly blocked their way outside the town of Arriaga, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

Migrant Apprehensions So Far This Year Exceed Total Years for Last Decade

The number of migrants apprehended along the southwest border after illegally crossing the border so far this fiscal exceeded the total fiscal year totals for the past decade. Border Patrol officials stated. Officials stated that if the trend continues through the remaining four months of the year, the apprehensions will hit the highest numbers since 2006.

Presidio Border Patrol Station agents apprehend a group of Central American migrant families in the Big Bend Sector.

Dam Releases, Rain Increase Danger of Illegal Border Crossings in Texas

Release of water into the Rio Grande from dams and increased rain is increasing the danger to migrants attempting to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico into Texas. Local officials, immigrant advocates, and U.S. Border Patrol officials all warn of the increased danger.

American Canal in El Paso

115 Migrants Held by Smugglers for Ransom Rescued in Ciudad Juárez

Mexican police in Ciudad Juárez rescued a group of 115 migrants being held against their will by human smugglers earlier this week. Police were tipped off to the incident by an anonymous report. The police raid resulted in the arrest of three human smugglers — one, a Central American migrant from El Salvador.

Juarez Police

Another Migrant’s Body Recovered from Texas Border River

Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents recovered yet another body from the deadly Rio Grand border river that separates Texas and Mexico. This is the 12th death this year of migrants illegally crossing the border in this sector — including at least three children.

Eagle Pass Station Marine Unit agents rescue five Honduran migrants, including two toddlers, from the Rio Grand River near a legal port of entry. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Del Rio Sector)

Spanish Migrant Arrested After Swimming Niagara River into NY

Border Patrol agents in New York received a report about an adult male attempting to swim across the Niagara River near the falls on Tuesday evening. A search with local police resulted in the arrest of two Spanish nationals.

Buffalo Sector Border Patrol agents at Niagra River. (File Photo: Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)