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Border Patrol Stays Busy In South Texas

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Genesis Cuellar, 8, a migrant from El Salvador, sits in a waiting area to be processed by Team Brownsville, a humanitarian group, helping migrants released from U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Brownsville, Texas. The group will facilitate travel so that Cuellar, who is traveling with her mother, Ana Icela Cuellar, can be reunited with her her brother, Andy Nathanael, 4, and their father Marvin Giovani Perez Bonilla, who have been residing in Maryland after being released from custody. The Cuellar family separated in August of 2020, when they tried to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. A surge of migrants on the Southwest border has the Biden administration on the defensive. The head of Homeland Security acknowledged the severity of the problem Tuesday but insisted it's under control and said he won't revive a Trump-era practice of immediately expelling teens and children. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Border Patrol says their agents encountered multiple large groups of migrants entering Hidalgo County this week. That includes groups of 110 and 105 on Monday.

Agents also found another group of 154 people on Wednesday. All were taken into custody. One of the groups had two dozen unaccompanied children with them.

The Border Patrol says the Rio Grande Valley sector has already encountered 19 groups of 100 or more people illegally entering the U.S. this year.

 

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