For the second time in two weeks, the Border Patrol in Eagle Pass has apprehended a large group of illegal immigrants from Central Africa, in another indication that there are far more people trying to get into the United States than just residents of Central America.
Sector Chief Raul Ortiz says 37 people from the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, two separate nations in Sub-Saharan Africa, were arrested after sneaking across the Rio Grande south of Eagle Pass. Ortiz says they included men, women, and several children, all of them in alleged 'family units.'
They were taken to the Border Patrol station for procession.
“We are continuing to see a rise in apprehensions of immigrants from countries not normally encountered in our area,” Ortiz said. “Groups of family units from around the world are traveling thousands of miles just enter the United States illegally to exploit our immigration laws.”
Late last month, the Border Patrol apprehended a group of 17 undocumented immigrants from the Republic of the Congo.
Since the beginning of the federal fiscal year, residents of 37 different countries have been arrested trying to sneak into the U.S. in the Eagle Pass sector alone.
Total apprehensions of 'non Mexican' migrants are up 500 percent over this time last year, with more than 27,000 people taken into custody in that one sector.
Agents say this shows the lengths that for profit immigrant smuggling gangs, mainly connected to the Mexican drug cartels, are willing to go to find more paying customers they can help smuggle into the U.S.
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