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In 5 minutes, agents round up 400 who crossed border into Texas illegally, agency says

This group of 252 people illegally crossed the border and was apprehended near Downtown El Paso on March 19, border patrol says.
This group of 252 people illegally crossed the border and was apprehended near Downtown El Paso on March 19, border patrol says. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol photo

Within the span of about five minutes, border patrol agents caught more than 430 people who crossed the border into Texas illegally, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The 400-plus people were in two separate groups, the release states.

The first group of 194 people was captured by agents at about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday “at the border wall just west of Bowie High School” in El Paso, Texas, the agency said.

Then, at 2:50 a.m., agents who were working further west nabbed another group of “252 people who crossed illegally near Downtown El Paso,” the release states.

The 446 “illegal crossers” were mostly “Central American families and unaccompanied juveniles,” according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“In all, agents had already taken over 430 people into custody within the first three hours in what appears to be only the beginning of another busy day for the El Paso Sector Border Patrol,” the release states.

That sector averages about 570 apprehensions a day, the release states, and 90 percent of those arrests are in the El Paso Metropolitan Area.

The U.S. Border Patrol released video of a brief tour they gave reporters inside a detention facility in McAllen, Texas, where it holds families arrested at the southern U.S. border. The video shows adult and children housed in cages.

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