Border Patrol Apprehends 102 Illegal Aliens Crossing Rio Grande on Tuesday

By Susan Jones | April 7, 2016 | 8:37 AM EDT

Border Patrol agents detained 102 illegal immigrants crossing the Rio Grande near Fronton, Texas on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (Photo from CBP website)

( - Border Patrol agents working near Fronton, Texas detained 102 illegal aliens trying to cross into the United States on Tuesday. That's just one day in one of the eight Southwest Border Patrol sectors.

According to Customs and Border Patrol, agents saw more than 80 aliens crossing the Rio Grande River in rafts. A short time later, another large group of aliens moved north to join the initial group.

The 102 people included 73 men, 12 women and 17 juveniles, but their nationalities were not given. The Rio Grande Valley is the route taken by many people fleeing Central America, and agents assigned to that sector make far more apprehensions than any of the other seven sectors.

A news release issued by the Rio Grande Valley sector "urges immigrants to not jeopardize their lives by illegally entering the United States or by attempting to circumvent a checkpoint."

In a separate announcement on Wednesday, CBP announced that Yuma Sector is noticing increased drone activity, mainly near San Luis, Arizona.

The drones, usually between 2 and 4 feet wide, are used to smuggle drugs into the United States.

On a typical day, CBP makes as many as 924 apprehensions between U.S. ports of entry, according to a March 2016 fact sheet posted on the agency's website. That includes both southern and northern borders.

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