The illegal immigrants are citizens from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
On May 9 the Presidio Station was informed of a large group of individuals attempting make illegal entry into the United States within the city limits of Presidio, Texas. Presidio agents responded to the last known location of the group and safely arrested 56 individuals without incident. The very next day on Friday morning, Presidio agents arrested an additional group of 19 individuals illegally present in the United States.
Between Saturday and Sunday the agents arrested an additional 176 individuals illegally present in the United States.
All 251 subjects will be charged and processed according to the applicable immigration laws. Big Bend Sector has apprehended over 648 illegal immigrants in the first 13 days of May. More than half of the illegal immigrants have been apprehended by agents assigned to the Presidio Station.
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Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents, patrol 517 miles of the southwest border, an area that extends from Sierra Blanca, Texas to Sanderson, Texas. The Presidio Station area consists of the southern half of Presidio County, the third largest county in the state of Texas. The station is responsible for 113.8 border miles between the U.S. and Mexico and 1,100 square miles of area of responsibility.
Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak said:
“The significant number of arrests by Presidio Station agents is evidence that the dramatic increase in illegal entries along the southern border is impacting us locally. The volume of arrests challenges our ability to effectively patrol the border while our agents are consumed by caring for persons in our custody. I commend our agents for their professionalism and dedication in the face of these challenges.”