New Mexico Border Crisis

Border Apprehensions Drop to Lowest Level Since March

Apprehensions by Border Patrol agents of migrants who illegally cross the U.S. border with Mexico dropped nearly 29 percent in June, reaching the lowest level since March. The decrease follows seasonal patterns and increased immigration enforcement in Mexico following President Donald Trump’s threat of tariffs.

Border Patrol agents assigned to the McAllen border patrol station encounter a large group of migrants near Los Ebanos, Texas, June 15, 2019. The members of the group who illegally entered the U.S. by crossing the Rio Grande on rubber rafts turned themselves into the U.S. Border Patrol agents shortly …

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)

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)

Group of 330 Migrants Apprehended in New Mexico, Says CBP

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported they apprehended 330 migrants who illegally crossed into the United States “one minute passed midnight” on Monday at Antelope Wells, a remote southwestern New Mexico port of entry.

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New Mexico Border Ranchers Fear Alerting Police to Drug Smugglers

New Mexico ranchers and other residents along unsecured sections of the state’s border with Mexico claim fear of retaliation if they report crimes like drug or human smuggling. Residents of the region known as the “Bootheel” witnessed increases in both drug and human smuggling during the past few months.

Inadequate border fencing along New Mexico Border brings fear to area ranchers. (File Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)