RGV Texas Border Patrol Chief Begs For Help Before Caravan Hits as Over 12,000 Illegals Caught in Last Three Weeks in Rio Grande Valley; 700 Caught Saturday
Thousands of illegal aliens are swarming the Texas border this month in advance of the migrant caravan marching through Mexico, prompting Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr., the Customs and Border Patrol Sector Chief of the Rio Grande Valley, to beg for help dealing with the onslaught of illegal aliens, gang members and drug cartel smugglers. Just on Saturday over 700 illegal aliens were caught, with over 12,000 caught in the past three weeks. In addition, safe houses have been busted and drug smugglers intercepted by the overstretched CBP in the Rio Grande Valley.
16,000 “family units” were reported caught in the last month in the RGV sector by CBP. All these illegals take manpower and resources to detain, process, house, clothe, feed, and give medical treatment.
Padilla sent out several tweets this weekend with the message, “We need
#personnel #technology #infrastructure“, in conjunction with video reports by on scene Fox News Channel reporter Griff Jenkins. “Another busy day with @GriffJenkins in #RGV South Texas. Over 12,700 illegal alien arrests in past 3 weeks. nearly 800 pounds of marijuana & almost 70 pounds of peyote just yesterday We need #personnel #technology #infrastructure #HonorFirst“…”Our #BorderPatrol Agents face challenges daily while focusing on our #BorderSecurity mission and our #HumanitarianEfforts #RGV South Texas is in need of #personnel #technology & #infrastructure for both mission sets #HonorFirst @GriffJenkins @FoxNews #DayInTheLife“
Our #BorderPatrol Agents face challenges daily while focusing on our #BorderSecurity mission and our #HumanitarianEfforts #RGV South Texas is in need of #personnel #technology & #infrastructure for both mission sets#HonorFirst @GriffJenkins @FoxNews #DayInTheLife pic.twitter.com/WLqO9SlwQR
— Manuel Padilla, Jr. (@ManuelPadillaJr) October 20, 2018
nearly 800 pounds of marijuana & almost 70 pounds of peyote just yesterday
— Manuel Padilla, Jr. (@ManuelPadillaJr) October 21, 2018
In his interview Sunday with Jenkins about the migrant caravan marching through Mexico, Padilla said that just the day before his sector reported 700 illegal aliens caught at the border, 8 human smuggling cases, one dead body recovered, a potential river drowning (body not surfaced yet), over 700 pounds of marijuana and 68 pounds of peyote seized–all on Saturday.
In a separate report, Jenkins noted a group of illegal aliens from China were caught.
The work never stops, day or night.
— Bree Tracey (@bptracey) October 19, 2018
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) October 19, 2018
Earlier in the week Padilla posted a plea for immigration reform as the border is out of control, “
#BorderPatrol is currently encountering a 300% increase in Family Units entering the country illegally compared to October of 2017. Over 5,400 Family Units detained in past 2 weeks These numbers are not sustainable Need #ImmigrationReform“
Over 5,400 Family Units detained in past 2 weeks
These numbers are not sustainable
— Manuel Padilla, Jr. (@ManuelPadillaJr) October 17, 2018
.#BorderPatrol agents in the #RGV Rio Grande Valley continue to apprehend large groups of family units and unaccompanied children, mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador @CBP #USBP #BorderSecurity #SouthwestBorder #HonorFirst #AlwaysVigilanthttps://t.co/h884zZ1CzK pic.twitter.com/LrtnDsGdzL
— CBP RGV (@CBPRGV) October 17, 2018
In addition to border apprehensions, stash houses are also targeted by CPB.
Operation Stonegarden enhances #BorderSecurity in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley #RGV. Law enforcement agencies participating in the operation rescued over 120 illegal aliens from stash houses. @CBP #USBP #HonorFirst #BorderSecurity #SouthwestBorderhttps://t.co/fwf5jKyyEa pic.twitter.com/4sBvaHVhCS
— CBP RGV (@CBPRGV) October 16, 2018
And of course, MS-13 gang members are being caught sneaking in the U.S.
.#BorderPatrol agents in #RGV Rio Grande Valley arrest two sex offenders(lewd and lascivious molestation and rape) and two gang members(Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 and 18th Street gang). @CBP #BorderSecurity #AlwaysVigilant #SouthwestBorder #HonorFirst #USBPhttps://t.co/qlSFEByKI2 pic.twitter.com/rjRl4zZreH
— CBP RGV (@CBPRGV) October 16, 2018