EDINBURG, Texas — The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector, one of five U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sectors in Texas, has apprehended nearly 7,000 illegal immigrants during the last week of February — averaging nearly 1,000 apprehensions per day.
On the 27th alone, CBP officials say they arrested more than 1,300 illegal immigrants, the second time in two weeks this number has been reached. With this pace, officials say they anticipate some 240,000 apprehensions this fiscal year.
"RGV Sector leads the nation in illegal alien apprehensions, the sector now accounts for nearly 50% of all arrest along the entire Southwest border," read a statement from the agency.
The RGV is one of five sectors in Texas and spans 19 south Texas counties, 320 river miles, and 250 coastal miles — some 34,000-square miles, according to the CBP's website.
"A majority of these arrests are family units and unaccompanied children from Central and South America, which greatly impact the number of agents available to carry out the border security mission within the RGV Sector," stated the agency.
The 19 counties in the sector's patrol area includes the counties of Cameron, Willacy, Hidalgo, Starr, Brooks, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio, Jim Wells, Bee, Refugio, Calhoun, Goliad, Victoria, DeWitt, Jackson, Matagorda, Brazoria, Galveston, Chambers, Jefferson, Wharton, Fort Bend, Colorado, Austin, Waller, Montgomery, Liberty, Hardin, Orange, Harris, Aransas, and Lavaca.
The other four Texas sectors are El Paso, Laredo, Del Rio, and Big Bend.