EL PASO, Texas, (Border report) – US Border Patrol officers discovered a group of undocumented immigrants inside a grain hopper car Tuesday morning in Hebbronville, South Texas, US Customs and Border Protection said in a press release.
Officers assigned to Hebronville station in the Laredo sector were inspecting a train when they discovered an unlocked grain hopper car being used to transport bulk goods such as coal or grain.
Officers discovered 15 migrants, as well as another individual who attempted to hide in a separate wagon.
Officers said they had all been medically assessed and cleared. Officers later determined that all of the migrants were Mexican nationals.
“This dangerous method of traveling further into the United States after illegal entry is strongly discouraged as it often results in serious injury or death,” the CBP statement said. “Often, migrants choose this exhausting form of transportation without realizing the consequences of their actions until it is too late. Fortunately, in this case, officers detected the individuals and were able to rescue them before they suffered a heat-related injury. “
On June 5, border officers at Hebronville station were inspecting a train when they noticed a tampered with a padlock on a grain hopper car. With sweltering mid-afternoon temperatures, officers rescued 25 undocumented immigrants who were trapped inside with no way to escape. The migrants were medically cleared and identified as originating from El Salvador.
On June 10, a migrant woman seriously injured her foot when she fell from a moving train near Port Laredo, CBP said.
Officers at Laredo North Station spotted the woman trying to board the moving train as they apprehended three other people. Officers said that before she could reach her, she lost her grip and fell under the train, seriously injuring her foot.
The day before, officers from Laredo said they had prevented nine people from attempting to board a train in the same area.
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