Central American migrants detained in Presidio

PRESIDIO – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Presidio Station apprehended 251 migrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala from Thursday to Sunday, said Arain Carrera, Special Operations Supervisor of Strategic Communications of the Big Bend Sector.

The Sector has apprehended more than 648 undocumented immigrants in the first 13 days of May, Carrera added, and that more than half of those detained were apprehended by agents assigned to the Presidio Station.

On Thursday, at about 11:30pm, the Presidio Station was informed of a large group of individuals attempting to make illegal entry into the U.S. within the city limits of Presidio. Presidio agents responded to the last known location of the group and safely arrested 56 individuals without incident.

On Friday morning, Presidio agents arrested an additional group of 19 individuals illegally present in the country.

Between Saturday and Sunday, agents arrested an additional 176 individuals illegally present in south Presidio County.

Said Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak, “The significant number of arrests by Presidio Station agents is evidence that the dramatic increase in illegal entries along the southern border is impacting us locally. The volume of arrests challenges our ability to effectively patrol the border while our agents are consumed by caring for persons in our custody. I commend our agents for their professionalism and dedication in the face of these challenges.”

All 251 subjects will be charged and processed according to the applicable immigration laws, Carrera said.