102 undocumented immigrants apprehended crossing Rio Grande

Rio Grande City Border Patrol Agents apprehended 102 undocumented aliens Tuesday. The immigrants include 73 men, 12 women and 17 children, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The release said that agents working near Fronton in Starr County observed more than 80 undocumented immigrants crossing the Rio Grande in rafts.

A short time later, the agents observed another large group headed north and converging with the first group.

Agents assisted by the Mobile Response Team, pilots with Air and Marine Operations and Texas Department of Public Safety’s Air Unit along with Rio Grande Valley Sector Riverine Units apprehended the group which totaled 102 illegal immigrants.

102 Illegal immigrants detained by Border P{atrol

The release credits Border Patrol’s inter-agency efforts, technology and strong presence as having fostered an environment where smugglers are hard-pressed to sneak large groups of immigrants in desolate areas.

Smugglers are ruthless and continuously place the lives of immigrants in danger, the release said.

RGV sector urges immigrants to not jeopardize their lives by illegally entering the United States or by attempting to circumvent a checkpoint.

Additionally, the agency encourages the public to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.