Record-breaking apprehensions in quiet town, locals react


    Record-breaking apprehensions in quiet town, locals react. (Source CBS 4 News)

    From the looks of it, the town of Granjeno is by and large a small, quite one.

    But on Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly 300 people illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, walking towards the river levee.

    “That is the highest single group apprehension we’ve had this year,” said Dustin Araujo, special operation supervisor for the Rio Grande Valley border patrol sector.

    Across the Rio Grande Valley, border patrol agents have arrested more than 1,000 undocumented migrants within the last 24 hours, according to the agency.

    Araujo said the area sector continues to be one of the busiest ones in terms of apprehensions, most of them consisting of family units and unaccompanied minors.

    Border patrol data show more than 14,000 family units were apprehended in the month of February alone.

    “Some of the challenges when we encounter large groups, and just high apprehension numbers in general, is transporting them, caring for them during processing, and ensuring that their proper disposition is made as soon as possible,” Araujo said.

    Still, some Granjeno residents like Dalia Flores said they are not directly affected by these illegal crossings.

    “I feel safe in this area,” Flores said, who has lived in the area for approximately five years. “It is a quiet neighborhood. We see a lot of border patrol, but very safe,”

    However, residents do have various opinions on whether a border wall should be built.

    Flores said she would like to see one, but just two houses down, a sign which reads ‘no border wall’ faces the street view.

    Last month, more than 2,900 unaccompanied children were apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley, according to border patrol data.

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