U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents in Texas caught 54 illegal aliens from Guatemala traveling as a group Tuesday.
The group consisted of 19 family units with a total of 38 members, as well as 14 unaccompanied children and two adults, a CBP report stated Wednesday. All individuals originated from Guatemala and were captured near Hidalgo, Texas.
The individuals were processed accordingly.
This was not the first large group of illegal aliens CBP apprehended along the southern border within the week. (RELATED: Officials Saved Illegal Aliens Held Against Their Will In Hotel Room)
Border Patrol agents in Arizona caught 128 illegal aliens consisting of adults and children as young as 4 years old Friday near the U.S.-Mexico border fence. Many held prior charges related to immigration violations, according to CBP in a Tuesday report.
Individuals were not only from Guatemala, but also from Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico. The group was caught after being presumably abandoned by smugglers who remained in Mexico.
“Transnational criminal organizations exploit the vulnerability of foreign nationals with false promises of legal status and encourage dangerous crossing methods, placing their safety at risk,” CBP said, according to the Tuesday report.
The number of apprehensions along the southwest border was 317,571, according to CBP data between Oct. 1, 2017, and July 31. More than 41,000 were unaccompanied children and more than 77,000 came from family units of the over 300,000 apprehended.
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