The U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported on Thursday that nearly 1,000 illegal aliens are being apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley Sector of Texas each DAY.
“RGV Sector leads the nation in illegal alien apprehensions, the sector now accounts for nearly 50% of all arrest along the entire Southwest border.
Yesterday, RGV Sector agents arrested more than 1,300 subjects, which marks the second time in two weeks this number has been reached. A majority of these arrests are family units and unaccompanied children from Central and South America, which greatly impact the number of agents available to carry out the border security mission within the RGV Sector.
At the current rate, the Rio Grande Valley Sector is on pace to reach 240,000 apprehensions for this fiscal year.”From U.S. Customs and Border Protection Website Released 2/28/2019
“The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector continues to lead the nation in illegal alien arrest. Since October 2018, the RGV Sector Border Patrol is averaging 20,000 apprehensions per month,” claims public affairs officer for the Border Patrol’s RGV Sector, Mr. Hermann Rivera.
Apprehensions are down almost 90% from 2000-2014 in the El Paso Sector of the Border Patrol, where the RGV Sector (which is around 700 miles to the south) in the same time period grew nearly 92%, with an average annual rate of 158,000 illegal aliens being detained every year since then, reports Fox 29 San Antonio.
Rivera explained there are several factors for why the Rio Grande Valley is so appealing to smugglers, or “coyotes,” for one, the RGV is thousands of miles closer to cross than heading towards California, “especially for their clientele of Central American migrants.”
“They (coyotes) make more money smuggling people than smuggling dope,” Rivera said. “They have scouts everywhere and have a very good network for communication and intel.”
In addition, “much of the borderland that is adjacent to the Rio Grande is federally-protected land and wildlife refuge, which creates hurdles for any agent due to the lack of access to the river.”
Though Rivera would not back Trump’s specific border wall, he did say that physical barriers would make a huge difference in addition to new technology and improvements in existing infrastructure.
Agents reported that more than 50% of the apprehensions in the RGV are made up of citizens from Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.