Border Patrol agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection have come under increasing scrutiny in recent years as the country continues to struggle with its immigration policy. But, to some extent, much of the criticism fails to take into account the dangers and risks involved with the job. Though many may not be aware that Border Patrol agents often risk their lives in the line of duty, the position is actually fraught with perils. For example, in a recent situation, Border Patrol agents responded to reports of a home containing more than 100 illegal immigrants, two of whom were believed to be armed.
In Excess of 100 Illegal Immigrants Found in McAllen, Texas Home
A call was recently made to U.S. Customs and Border Protection regarding a home that appeared to be frequented by a large group of illegal immigrants. Upon arriving at the home in McAllen, Texas, agents encountered approximately 100 individuals who were suspected of having entered the country illegally.
Using the services of numerous agents, and even a helicopter, Border Patrol agents were able to round up approximately 50 of the individuals who were later sent for processing and deportation. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Special Operations Supervisor, David Mendoza, says that the patrol was notified that at least two of the individuals were armed, adding a sense of danger to the raid. However, after capturing the individuals, it was determined that the firearms were actually replicas that did not pose any immediate threat to the community.
138 Illegal Immigrants Found in Mission, Texas Home
In a separate incident, the patrol encountered an even greater number of people who had illegally entered the country and were staying in a different house. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Spokesperson, Daniel Tirado, agents located approximately 138 people in a residence on the 9800 block of N. Bentsen Palm Drive. The individuals were apprehended, loaded onto buses, and taken for processing.
As with most cases of people who recently entered the country illegally, those found not to have proper documentation will be quickly deported.