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Border Patrol agents find 23 migrants in locked train compartment in South Texas

Border Patrol agents find 23 migrants in locked train compartment in South Texas
Border Patrol agents find 23 migrants in locked train compartment in South Texas

Border patrol agents from the Laredo sector found 23 migrants in a locked train compartment, Customs and Border Protection said.

Around 7 a.m. on Tuesday, agents assigned to the Cotulla train station in Texas conducted a train check and found the undocumented migrants in the train compartment. According to a CBP press release, the compartment was locked and the people had no way to get out. Border Patrol agents needed additional tools to safely free the migrants.

Cotulla is located 68 miles northeast of Laredo.

“In the course of their routine duties – and in temperatures of nearly 100 degrees yesterday – Border Patrol agents rescued 23 migrants from a locked train compartment who were placed in a life-threatening situation by callous human smuggling organizations that put profit above all else,” Jesse D. Muñoz, Laredo Sector Chief, said in the press release on Wednesday. “The Border Patrol’s message to anyone thinking of entering the United States illegally remains simple: Don’t do it.”

All of the people are in good health and do not require any further medical care. They come from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. All were treated according to their individual immigration status, the press release said.

Officials said in the press release that migrants who cross the border illegally put their lives in danger because smugglers lie to them and claim the border is safe to cross.

Officials warned that the borders were not open to illegal immigrants and that people should not attempt this dangerous journey.

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