RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas — On Tuesday morning, Rio Grande City Border Patrol Agents apprehended 102 undocumented immigrants. 

Agents working near Fronton, Texas observed more than 80 undocumented immigrants cross the Rio Grande in rafts. A short time later, the agents observed another large group make their way north and converge with the initial group. Rio Grande City agents with the assistance of 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 102 illegal immigrants. The immigrants consisted of 73 men, 12 women and 17 minors.

Border Patrol’s interagency efforts, technology and strong presence has 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. RGV Sector urges immigrants to not jeopardize their lives by illegally entering the United States or by attempting to circumvent a checkpoint. The public is encouraged 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.