Texas Police Rescue Illegal Immigrants from Train Nearly 200 Miles from Border

Rescue Illegal Immigrants from Train
AP File Photo/Eduardo Verdugo

Ten illegal immigrants were rescued and captured in New Braunfels, Texas, Tuesday morning, when police found them on a north-bound Union Pacific freight train. New Braunfels is located almost 200 miles away from the Texas/Mexico border.

New Braunfels Police received a 9-1-1 call from a Spanish-speaking man saying he and several others were trapped on a train going through the city. Police then stopped the train, and worked through 80 cars until they found the men inside a container unit.

Five of the men required immediate medical attention and were taken to nearby hospitals, the other five men were treated and re-hydrated at the scene, where they awaited agents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The rescued men ranged in age between 17 and 38. Preliminary reports say they boarded the train outside of Laredo. The immigrants reportedly planned on getting off the train when it got to Austin, about 50 miles further north.

Union Pacific Railroad police are working with Customs and Border Patrol to investigate where the men got on the train, and to determine who helped them in getting on the train.

The men are now in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and being questioned.

At this time, their status on remaining in the U.S., or being returned to Mexico is not known.

Rob Milford is a news contributor to Breitbart Texas. You can follow him on Facebook.