Almost 200 apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol in New Mexico

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. – U.S. Border Patrol agents working near Sunland Park in New Mexico apprehend 180 undocumented migrants in the early morning hours of February 26. This group, like many others before, is comprised primarily of Central American families and unaccompanied juveniles.  

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested the border crossers for violating the immigration laws of this country, for attemping to enter the United States through means other than passing through a port of entry.

Border Patrol EMT’s conducted initial medical screenings and determined that some of the subjects required additional medical attention.  Sunland Park Emergency Medical Service responded to the scene where they provided medical attention and determined that some of the immigrants needed further medical treatment. Those in need of further medical treatments were transported to a local hospital.

This is a situation that Border Patrol Agents continue to face 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. This is the second group of more than 100 people since the beginning of the fiscal year in the Sunland Park area. Similar large groups are being encountered at other border locations in the El Paso Sector and along the United States-Mexico border.