The Rio Grande border area in Texas on Sept. 23, 2013. (Donna Burton/CBP)

Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Sees 1,600 Percent Increase of Cuban Nationals

The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector has seen a 1,600 percent increase of Cuban nationals crossing the Rio Grande River illegally.

“Migrants seeking entry into the United States need to present themselves at a Port of Entry to be lawfully admitted,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Randy Davis. “This recent trend in the Del Rio Sector area of responsibility of Cuban Nationals crossing the border illegally between the POEs highlights the complexity of the immigration problem and the need for an immediate solution.”

In Fiscal Year 2019, Border Patrol agents within Del Rio Sector have apprehended 119 Cuban nationals. This is a dramatic increase of 1,600 percent compared to the previous Fiscal Year 2018 to date, when agents arrested seven Cuban nationals.

The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector apprehends migrants from countries across the world. In Fiscal Year 2019, which began Oct. 1, 2018, to date, agents have apprehended more than 23,000 people from 30 different countries, other than Mexico, who made their way into the United States illegally. This number is about a 450 percent increase over Fiscal Year 2018 to date.

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