CBP Apprehends Record 'Largest Group' of Illegal Immigrants Near US Border
Border agents caught a group containing a record number of illegal aliens entering US
CBP agents have apprehended the "largest group" of illegal immigrants so far after catching the record-breaking number of migrants near the US Southern Border on Tuesday morning, according to reports.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported that the group broke the record for the number of illegals to be caught at once.
CBP officials announced that 424 illegal aliens were captured just after midnight in Sunland Park, New Mexico, with an additional 230 migrants apprehended in Antelope Wells, N.M., around 2 a.m.
“This is an ongoing situation that U.S Border Patrol agents are facing in southern New Mexico: hundreds of parents and children being encountered by agents after having faced a dangerous journey in the hands of unscrupulous smugglers,” a statement from CBP said.
“Criminal organizations continue to exploit innocent human lives in order to enhance their illicit activities without due regard to the risks of human life.
"In most cases, these smugglers never cross the border themselves in order to avoid apprehension.”
According to Fox News, officials have said the surge of migrant families was overwhelming the southern border.
Border officials said they were struggling to cope with the influx of Central American families.
In March, Border Patrol set a new record by apprehending 53,000 families in March.
LARGEST GROUP APPREHENDED—#BorderPatrol agents apprehended the largest group of 424 illegal aliens just after midnight this morning in Sunland Park, NM. A second group of 230 illegal aliens was also apprehended in Antelope Wells, NM this morning. More: https://t.co/54XxK78XB2 pic.twitter.com/i5owidRi1t— CBP (@CBP) April 30, 2019
The Trump administration has supported changes to the asylum process and other steps to slow the influx of migrants at the border as President Trump tries to make good on his 2016 campaign promises.
As Neon Nettle previously reported, authorities warned Monday of a surge in "fake families" at the border as illegal immigrants are entering the United States by using children to pose as a family as exploit US laws.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is reporting that a soaring number of migrants living in the U.S. illegally have fraudulently posed as families with juvenile children at the border.
ICE reports that investigators have opened about 100 investigations and found more than 25 suspected cases in April alone.
Authorities warned Monday of a surge in "#FakeFamilies" at the #USBorder as #IllegalImmigrants are entering the United States by using children to pose as a family as exploit US laws, according to reports.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) April 30, 2019
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In an attempt to combat smuggling fraud, immigration officials have deployed six new teams of agents to the US Southern Border in the last two weeks.
Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence revealed that he sent the teams down to try to weed out “fake families using forged documents” in a bid to manipulate U.S. immigration policy.