ANTELOPE WELLS, NEW MEXICO — From U.S. Border Patrol - The day after apprehending a single group of 247 illegal aliens, United States Border Patrol Agents in New Mexico encountered a second large group of 115 smuggled aliens.
Around 9:30 P.M. Thursday, January 17, 2019, a second large group of illegal aliens was encountered by Border Patrol Agents working at Camp Bounds Forward Operating Base at Antelope Wells. As before, this group was comprised primarily of Central American families and unaccompanied juveniles. Fifteen families were reported to have requested medical attention shortly after apprehension. This is an ongoing situation that Border Patrol Agents face in southern New Mexico: hundreds of parents and children being encountered by agents after having faced a treacherous journey in the hands of dangerous smugglers. This is the 25th large group consisting of over 100 people since the beginning of the fiscal year in this area alone.
An update to the January 16, 2019, news release: while agents apprehended 247 illegal aliens, criminal organizations attempted to use this massive distraction to move illegal drugs across the border just west of the Antelope Wells area. The attached video captures the group of 247 illegal crossers as they make their way over the border barrier. Criminal organizations continue to exploit the loopholes in immigration law to distract agents with large groups of smuggled aliens in an attempt to move their contraband through a different area. With the help of CBP air assets, Border Patrol agents were able to arrest drug mules and seize 265 pounds of marijuana.