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Border Patrol Agents Rescue Migrants Locked in Train Cars



Dennis Smith

Public Affairs Specialist

Office of Public Affairs

U.S. Customs and Border Protection


U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector encountered 22 migrants, trapped in multiple rail cars, March 31.


At approximately 1:59 a.m., Uvalde Station Border Patrol agents conducting train check operations encountered 22 undocumented migrants when a service canine alerted to four sealed car-pack railroad cars with no means of escape. Agents used bolt cutters to gain access to the interior of the car packs. The migrants encountered were nationals of Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.


All individuals encountered were identified as undocumented migrants and will be processed in accordance with U.S. Customs and Border Protection policies and guidelines.


To report suspicious activity, call the Del Rio Sector’s toll-free number at 1-866-511-8727.

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