By ILDEFONSO ORTIZ
The U.S. Border Patrol recently transferred 100 experienced agents to the Rio Grande Valley Sector, deploying them to intercept the rising number of unauthorized immigrants moving through South Texas.
More than 100 agents from the San Diego, Tucson and El Paso sectors joined the Rio Grande Valley Sector this past week, said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. They’ll help fight human trafficking and drug smuggling — and the organized crime elements behind them.
“These groups victimize immigrants, whether they are ‘Other Than Mexicans’ or Mexican nationals as part of their criminal enterprise,” Ortiz said Friday at a news conference about the redeployment, using the agency’s two designations for unauthorized immigrants. “That is why we are working to combat these groups. Our agency protects the welfare of all individuals regardless of nationality.”
For years, unauthorized immigrants and the coyotes who smuggled them across the U.S.-Mexico border primarily moved through Arizona. When the federal government locked down the southwestern border, many smugglers shifted toward South Texas. Continue reading here.