March 11, 2019– Mary Greeley News – Border Patrol agents of the Laredo Sector rescued nearly 80 illegal immigrants from the back of a tractor-trailer during an alleged human smuggling attempt.
According to Border Patrol, the incident happened on Monday at the I-35 checkpoint when agents referred a refrigerated trailer to secondary inspection.
When agents searched the vehicle, they found 76 illegal immigrants inside.
Sixty-two people were from Mexico, 11 were from Guatemala, two were from Honduras and one was from El Salvador.
The driver, a United States Citizen was arrested.
The tractor-trailer was seized by Border Patrol and all the immigrants were taken in for processing.
The driver moved the rig to a secondary inspection station where agents conducted a search for contraband or smuggled humans. The agents discovered 76 illegal immigrants locked in the cold trailer. The agents carried out a medical screening and found all of the migrants to be in good condition.
In February, Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended 3,118 migrants who illegally crossed the border from Mexico. Only 311 of those were family units and unaccompanied minors, according to the February Southwest Border Migration report released last week by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. One year ago, agents in this sector apprehended 2,671 migrants — an increase this year of 16 percent.
These numbers stand in sharp contrast to other sectors like El Paso where agents reported a 1,689 percent increase in the apprehension of family unit migrants.
The El Paso and Rio Grande Valley Sectors combined apprehended 24,957 migrant family units in just 28 days. This amounts to an average of 891 migrants per day in these two sectors of the U.S.-Mexico Border.
Credit : In part with https://www.breitbart.com/border/2019/03/11/76-migrants-found-in-refrigerated-trailer-near-texas-border/