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HIDALGO, Texas — A group of 168 family units who illegally crossed the United States-Mexico border surrendered to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Hidalgo, Texas, yesterday, according to the agency.

The group consisted of family units and unaccompanied children from Central America, Venezuela, and Cuba, according to Border Patrol. So far this fiscal year, 90% of the apprehensions at the southwest border are from countries other than Mexico.

The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector continues to experience an influx of illegal crossings in the area, the agency stated in a press release earlier today.

"The number of apprehensions in the RGV this fiscal year has surpassed the apprehensions numbers during the humanitarian crisis experienced in 2014," stated the release. "The majority of these apprehensions are people turning themselves in to the first Border Patrol Agent they encounter."

According to Border Patrol, daily apprehensions continue to exceed 1,000.

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