McALLEN, Texas — At least 80 immigrants suspected of entering the United States illegally were arrested in a makeshift encampment in suburban South Texas.
They were found in a patch of scrub near a vacant tennis club in McAllen. They were camped under tents and huts camouflaged with branches and cacti. Some told officials they had been there sleeping on cardboard with little food or water for at least a week.
It was unclear whether any of those arrested Thursday were guides suspected of guarding the immigrants, a Border Patrol spokesman told The McAllen Monitor.
A short time later, Border Patrol arrested 132 immigrants in Alton, about 8 miles west of McAllen. The Border Patrol made more than 154,000 arrests along the section of the US-Mexico border in southernmost Texas last year, more than anywhere else on the Southwest border.