Border Patrol agents detained more than 100 illegal aliens from Africa late last week after they unlawfully crossed into the United States through the Rio Grande in Texas. The apprehended individuals were from Angola, Cameroon and Congo.
“Large groups present a unique challenge for the men and women of the Del Rio Sector,” Chief Border Patrol Agent of the Del Rio Sector Raul Ortiz said in a statement. “This large group from Africa further demonstrates the complexity and severity of the border security and humanitarian crisis at our Southwest border.”
U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Del Rio Sector apprehended a large group of 116 individuals—from Angola, Cameroon and Congo—after they illegally crossed the Rio Grande River into the U.S. on Thursday: https://t.co/5VsJsD4nPF pic.twitter.com/HWGyVtzEC6— CBP (@CBP) May 31, 2019
Since the beginning of the year, Border Patrol agents have apprehended more than 500,000 people illegally crossing into the U.S., putting the country on track for one million detentions by the end of 2019.
Large groups are increasingly becoming a problem for Border Patrol to control. Last week a group of 1000 people illegally crossed into the U.S. in the El Paso Sector. This was the largest group on record.
1,036 individuals were apprehended by El Paso Sector Border Patrol as part of a large group yesterday morning. This is the largest group ever encountered illegally crossing the border. All the individuals were from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. https://t.co/bAIYh4XRFf pic.twitter.com/HybMuBvcTj— CBP (@CBP) May 30, 2019
Meanwhile, the Trump administration continues to call on Congress to reform immigration laws that enable fraud and abuse of the system. Senator Lindsey Graham has introduced legislation that does exactly that.