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Mexican cartel forces 2,000 migrants to cross border, turn themselves in to create diversion to smuggle drugs

A United States Border Patrol vehicle patrols on watch at a border fence along the a South Texas border in the Rio Grande Valley. (Donna Burton/U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION)
September 24, 2018

Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley have arrested more than 2,000 illegal migrants crossing the border over a three-day span.

The area along the border is very small and has been labelled “Rincon Village,” which is known for illegal crossing since there is no actual barrier to cross over, Breitbart reported.

The majority of those apprehended were migrant families and children with no guardian and most were from Central America. The Mexican cartel forces these people to cross the border and then to turn themselves in to Border Patrol immediately.

Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr. said, “The continued flow of migrants turning themselves in to Border Patrol agents is creating an unsustainable situation. The transnational criminal organizations exploit family units and unaccompanied children populations and create diversions for agents, leaving areas along the Rio Grande vulnerable.”

While Border Patrol is busy with the red tape involved with processing the numerous migrants, the Gulf Cartel uses that window to smuggle drug shipments or other migrants who don’t want to get caught across the border.

Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol officials said, “The McAllen Station agents is being flooded with migrant families and unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the border from Mexico. Once across the border, the migrants turn themselves in to the first Border Patrol agents they can find.”

The migrants are instructed to head north, and once they see a U.S. Border Patrol agent, they will hand over their identifying documents so they can be processed accordingly.

The area is understaffed, making it a prime location for smuggling, Fox News reported.

Border Patrol processes the migrants, who are then transported in a bus to McAllen’s Border Patrol facility.

“A majority of apprehensions are occurring near Granjeno, just south of Mission, in what’s become a staging area dubbed ‘Rincon Village,’ where illegal immigrants of all ages turn themselves in to agents. The area is well known and has become a gateway for human smuggling,” Padilla said.