TX Border Patrol Chief Reveals Startling Border Apprehension Numbers

A Texas Border Patrol chief dropped some startling numbers on the President yesterday when he described how many of those apprehended at the border were from nations other than Central America and Mexico.

Speaking to the President at the U.S. border in Mission, TX, Rio Grande Valley Acting Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz noted that while they apprehended 450 individuals on Wednesday, 133 of those apprehensions were people from countries other than Central America and Mexico–including two from Pakistan.

“That includes individuals from India, Pakistan, China, Romania, Ecuador, Nicaragua and on and on,” he said.

Ortiz said his sector has apprehended individuals from 41 different countries.

The border patrol chief noted that while it’s typical for family units and unaccompanied children to make up about 60 to 70 percent of border patrol apprehensions, “over the last couple of weeks where that number is less than 50 percent of the apprehensions we make here in south Texas.”

He continued, “So south Texas continues to lead the country in apprehensions as well as marijuana seizures in between the ports of entry so CBP and DHS are committed to both our border security mission as well as our humanitarian mission.”

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