Border Patrol agents apprehend 16 undocumented immigrants who were hiding in freight train cars in Texas
- US Customs and Border Protection said Laredo Sector Border Patrol detained 16 migrants while inspecting a rail cars in Hebbronville, Texas, early Tuesday
- The Border Agents found 15 of the migrants in the bottom of a grain hopper car and discovered a male migrant hiding in a separate rail car
- The migrants, all Mexican nationals, were provided medical treatment and processed for illegally crossing the United States-Mexico border
- A spokesperson for the Laredo Sector Border Patrol told DailyMail.com that 161 migrants have been rescued from trains dating back to October 1, 2020
The officers, assigned to the Laredo Sector Border Patrol, were conducting an inspection of trains in Hebbronville early Tuesday, US Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.
Upon noticing an unlatched rail car, the agents performed a search and found 15 undocumented individuals sitting in the bottom of the grain hopper trailer.
The border officers then found another migrant hiding in another car by himself.
Border Patrol agents in Hebbronville, Texas, discovered 15 migrants in the bottom of an uncovered rail car and led them to safety Tuesday. The migrants, all natives of Mexico, were in good health and were processed for illegally crossing the United States-Mexico border
A total of 16 migrants from Mexico were removed from a rail car in Hebbronville, Texas, while U.S. Border Patrol agents were inspecting the train cars early Tuesday
A migrant was hiding in a separate freight train car during a U.S. Border Patrol inspection on Tuesday in Hebbronville, Texas
CBP identified the 16 migrants as Mexican nationals. They were all provided medical assistance by a team of Border Patrol paramedics and processed for unlawful entry to the United States.
‘This dangerous method of traveling further into the United States after illegal entry is strongly discouraged as it often results in serious injury or death,’ CBP said.
‘Many times, migrants choose this grueling method of transportation without realizing the consequences of their actions until it is too late. Fortunately, in this case, agents detected the individuals and were able to rescue them before any fell victim to a heat related injury.’
A spokesperson for the Laredo Sector Border Patrol told DailyMail.com that 161 migrants have been rescued from train cars since October 1, 2020, the start of current fiscal year which ends September 30.
Overall, agents from the Laredo Sector have encountered 5,522 migrants smuggled in trains, cars, and trucks.
The last monthly CBP report indicated that Border Patrol agents stopped 180,034 migrants in May along the southwestern border, a slight increase from 178,854 the prior month, with the increase driven largely by single adults.
From March to May more than 530,000 people were apprehended and pushed back into Mexico after attempting to cross without legal immigration documents, the June 10 report showed.