The shocking video showed the first large group of African migrants to enter the United States illegally on the Rio Grande River.
The video shows a group of 116 individuals from Angola, Cameroon, and the Congo who walked through the waist-deep water into Texas.
Male and female adults took the tough journey on Thursday with children clinging to them.
U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Del Rio Sector apprehended a large group of 116 individuals—from Angola, Cameroon and Congo—after they illegally crossed the Rio Grande River into the U.S. on Thursday: https://t.co/5VsJsD4nPF pic.twitter.com/HWGyVtzEC6
— CBP (@CBP) May 31, 2019
The group was apprehended by agents at the Del Rio Sector of the border around 10.30 p.m.
The White House also shared video of the harrowing scene showing the moment the group filed out of the water and reached the shore in a line.
“Last night, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 100 illegal aliens from Congo, Angola, and Cameroon near the U.S.–Mexico border,” the White House tweeted.
“Our southern border is now a magnet for illegal immigration from all over the world. It’s time for Democrats to help close the loopholes!” it added.
Last night, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 100 illegal aliens from Congo, Angola, and Cameroon near the U.S.–Mexico border.
Our southern border is now a magnet for illegal immigration from all over the world. It’s time for Democrats to help close the loopholes! pic.twitter.com/lxe7qqQiNj
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 31, 2019
According to the Border Patrol it’s the first large group from Africa to try and breach the U.S. border by way of Mexico.
“Large groups present a unique challenge for the men and women of the Del Rio Sector,” Chief Raul Ortiz said. “This large group from Africa further demonstrates the complexity and severity of the border security and humanitarian crisis at our Southwest border.”
Earlier, a group of more than 1,000 migrants crossed the border illegally into El Paso, Texas, the largest the Border Patrol has ever encountered, the agency said on Thursday. President Donald Trump on Thursday shared a video on Twitter that shows the group going underneath a chain-link fence, where Border Patrol agents later picked them up.
In this fiscal year alone Border Patrol has encountered 182 large groups of more than 100 individuals crossing the Southwest border.
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