Rio Grande Valley Sector

Border Patrol Rescues Five Migrants near Texas Border

Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued five migrants from the possibility of death at the hands of cartel-connected human smugglers. Four of the rescues occurred in the Rio Grande while the fifth was on a ranch 80 miles from the border.

Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents rescue ten illegal aliens who had been stranded on an island in the Rio Grande River by human smugglers. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)

Half Ton of Methamphetamine Seized at Texas Border Bridge

Rio Grande Valley Sector Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly a half-ton of methamphetamine at a port of entry in Pharr, Texas. Officials reported the value of the drugs at nearly $19 million.

CBP officers seize 930 pounds of methamphetamine at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge in South Texas. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

8K Migrants Held in Single Texas Border Sector, Say Feds

Border Patrol agents are currently holding an average of 8,000 migrants per day in facilities in the Rio Grande Valley Sector of South Texas. This represents about half of the total number of migrants in U.S. custody nationwide.

Migrant processing shelter in McAllen, Texas. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)

Tents Erected Outside Border Patrol Stations to Hold Overflow Migrants

The record-setting waves of migrants flowing into the Rio Grande Valley Sector forced U.S. Border Patrol agents to build tents outside of their stations for temporary housing. Some migrants were also held in parking lots. The new measures come after a newly built tent facility nearby already reached its maximum capacity.

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Border Wall Construction on Rio Grande Levees Begins

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the beginning of construction for 13 miles of the Rio Grande Valley Wall System Project. The new improvements are on federal land in the McAllen Station area of responsibility, officials stated.

Rio Grande Valley Sector border wall along levee system. (File Photo: Donna Burton/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

State Trooper Shot in Texas Border City, Suspect in Custody

Authorities are investigating the shooting of a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper in the city of Edinburg which is located about 12 miles from the Rio Grande River border with Mexico. The suspect is believed to still be at large.

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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 …

Border Crisis Forces Massive Catch and Release Policy

The ongoing border crisis forced Border Patrol officials to implement a massive catch and release program where most migrants illegally crossing the border are released shortly after being processed. The policy comes as Border Patrol officials estimate that more than 100,000 migrants will be apprehended in March.

HUIXTLA, MEXICO - JANUARY 20: People from a caravan of Central American migrants walk along a roadside on their way to the United States on January 20, 2019 in Huixtla, Mexico. Some members of the caravan are in Mexico while others are further behind in Guatemala. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty …

25K Evaded Apprehension in Rio Grande Valley Sector, Says Border Patrol

Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol officials said that at least 25,000 migrants evaded apprehension this fiscal year after illegally crossing the border from Mexico into South Texas. These are in addition to the more than 120,000 they successfully apprehended.

Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agent searches for tracks of migrants near Texas border. (File Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Deported Criminal Aliens Continue to Exploit Unsecured U.S. Border Areas

Border Patrol agents along the U.S. southwest border with Mexico continue to arrest previously deported criminal aliens who exploit weaknesses in barrier technology to re-enter the country. Those criminal aliens include child sex offenders, violent criminals, and members of transnational criminal gangs.

MISSION, TX - APRIL 11: A U.S. Border Patrol agent handcuffs an undocumented immigrant near the U.S.-Mexico border on April 11, 2013 near Mission, Texas. A group of 16 immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador said they crossed the Rio Grande River from Mexico into Texas during the morning hours …

Migrant Group Apprehended in Texas’ Deadliest Human Smuggling County

Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents patrolling in Brooks County, Texas, disrupted a human smuggling group attempting to move 17 migrants around the Falfurrias immigration checkpoint. Brooks County is the deadliest in Texas and one of the worst in the nation.

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Group of 300 Migrants Apprehended at Texas Border

Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended the largest single group of migrants in the sector so far this year when nearly 300 surrendered in a matter of hours near Granjeno, Texas.

Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents apprehend a group of Honduran migrant families. (File Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Gang Members, Sex Offenders Continue Crossing Unsecured Border

Border Patrol agents along the southwestern U.S. border with Mexico continue to apprehend criminal sex offenders and dangerous gang members who exploit incomplete or outdated border barriers to regain entry into the U.S. after being deported.

Border Patrol agents arrest illegal aliens in Arizona. (AP File Photo/Khampha Bouaphanh)

Border Patrol Agents Rescue Four Migrants Abandoned by Human Smugglers

Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents rescued four migrants who had been abandoned on Texas ranches. Sheriff’s office officials in Brooks county reported 50 migrant deaths during 2018 on these ranches located about 80 miles north of the Texas-Mexico border.

Falfurrias Station Border Patrol agents rescues a migrant woman who human smugglers left behind to die. (File Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)

Deported Sex Offenders Continue to Exploit Incomplete Border Walls

Sex offenders previously removed from the country by immigration officers continue to exploit outdated or incomplete border walls to regain entry into the U.S. El Centro Border Patrol Sector agents apprehended eight such offenders this fiscal year who illegally crossed into Southern California.

MISSION, TX - APRIL 11: A U.S. Border Patrol agent handcuffs an undocumented immigrant near the U.S.-Mexico border on April 11, 2013 near Mission, Texas. A group of 16 immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador said they crossed the Rio Grande River from Mexico into Texas during the morning hours …

$14 Million in Meth Seized at Texas Border Crossing

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a half a ton of methamphetamine estimated to be worth more than $14 million dollars as smugglers attempted to move the drugs through a South Texas border crossing. The smugglers allegedly concealed the methamphetamine within a commercial shipment of fresh produce this past Wednesday.

CBP Officers seize $14 million in methamphetamine at the Pharr International Bridge in South Texas. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Rio Grande Valley Sector)