CBP reports a 60% increase in arrests of migrants illegally entering the U.S. from Mexico via trains

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New data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed a 60 percent rise in unlawful migrant crossings on freight trains via the United States-Mexico border since October.

According to stats released Monday, CBP officers have detained 292 undocumented migrants in El Paso, Texas, since the beginning of fiscal year 2021 (October 2020). In comparison, the agency reported 181 apprehensions during the same time period for the previous fiscal year. 

CBP’s report showed that only 50 migrants were intercepted on trains in all of fiscal year 2019 but a total of 555 people were detained in fiscal year 2020. 

A CBP spokesperson was unable to confirm to DailyMail.com if any undocumented children were among the migrants who have been detained.  

A migrant is found lying on top of a freight car after crossing from Mexico to Texas. According to U.S. Custom and Border Protection's monthly report released Monday, CBP officers have detained 292 undocumented migrants in El Paso, Texas, since the beginning of fiscal year 2021 (October 2020). In comparison, the agency reported 181 apprehensions during the same time period for the previous fiscal year

A migrant is found lying on top of a freight car after crossing from Mexico to Texas. According to U.S. Custom and Border Protection’s monthly report released Monday, CBP officers have detained 292 undocumented migrants in El Paso, Texas, since the beginning of fiscal year 2021 (October 2020). In comparison, the agency reported 181 apprehensions during the same time period for the previous fiscal year

A CBP agent spots a migrant hiding under a freight train car in Texas near the United States-Mexico border. Approximately 6,000 train cars cross from Mexico to El Paso each month. In order not to congest street traffic in downtown Juarez, the international railroad exchanges typically take place from midnight to 6am

A CBP agent spots a migrant hiding under a freight train car in Texas near the United States-Mexico border. Approximately 6,000 train cars cross from Mexico to El Paso each month. In order not to congest street traffic in downtown Juarez, the international railroad exchanges typically take place from midnight to 6am

During a recent illegal border crossing, a migrant was discovered lying under a new vehicle that was being shipped from Mexico to the United States on a freight train car. Since October 2020, CBP agents have detained 292 undocumented migrants aboard the rail cars

During a recent illegal border crossing, a migrant was discovered lying under a new vehicle that was being shipped from Mexico to the United States on a freight train car. Since October 2020, CBP agents have detained 292 undocumented migrants aboard the rail cars

A CBP agent climbs up a freight train as part of an inspection at the United States-Mexico border

A CBP agent climbs up a freight train as part of an inspection at the United States-Mexico border

‘We cannot stress how dangerous of a practice this is and we encourage any considering this to not proceed with their plans,’ said CBP Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha.

‘People are climbing on rail cars and hiding in places not designed to accommodate human beings. Fortunately we have yet to encounter anyone who has been maimed while attempting this but I am afraid that at some point we will.’   

The new numbers were released a day before the administration of President Joe Biden announced a plan aimed at combating human smugglers who play a key role in helping ferry migrants across the southwestern border.

Vice President Kamala Harris met Monday with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and discussed the migrant crisis. The U.S. reached an agreement with Guatemala to train a task force that is set in place to combat illegal migration at its borders.

Approximately 6,000 train cars cross from Mexico to El Paso each month. In order not to congest street traffic in downtown Juarez, the international railroad exchanges typically take place from midnight to 6am.

A monthly report released Monday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows that CBP officers have detained 292 undocumented migrants in El Paso, Texas, for unlawfully crossing the United States-Mexico border on freight trains since the beginning of fiscal year 2021 (October 2020). In comparison, the agency reported 181 apprehensions during the same time period for the previous fiscal year. Only 50 migrants were intercepted on the trains in all of fiscal year 2019 after a total of 555 people were detained in fiscal year 2020

A monthly report released Monday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows that CBP officers have detained 292 undocumented migrants in El Paso, Texas, for unlawfully crossing the United States-Mexico border on freight trains since the beginning of fiscal year 2021 (October 2020). In comparison, the agency reported 181 apprehensions during the same time period for the previous fiscal year. Only 50 migrants were intercepted on the trains in all of fiscal year 2019 after a total of 555 people were detained in fiscal year 2020

A CBP officer escorts a migrant child from a freight train near the United States-Mexico border. A spokesperson for the agency could not confirm if any unaccompanied children have been encountered on the rail cars

A CBP officer escorts a migrant child from a freight train near the United States-Mexico border. A spokesperson for the agency could not confirm if any unaccompanied children have been encountered on the rail cars 

Trains are searched at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific crossings on either side of the Paso Del Norte international bridge south of downtown El Paso.

CBP agents utilize x-ray equipment to inspect each arriving train wagon as they slowly cross from Mexico to the United States and are also aided by sniffer dogs.  

Images provided by CBP detail the great lengths that migrants are going to while trying to avoid being detected by the federal agents. 

During one incident, a migrant was found holding on to a bar beneath the train car. In a separate crossing, a male was caught lying on top of a freight car. CBP agents have also discovered migrants hiding inside vehicles that are transported across the international border or throughout other areas in the cargo train.  

While migrants tend to either cross the United States-Mexico border via the Rio Grande, through open areas along the land border, by climbing over the border wall, or by being smuggled in vehicles, the train crossing method is of great concern for CBP. 

A male migrant is found hiding in an area of a freight train car that crossed the United States-Mexico border

A male migrant is found hiding in an area of a freight train car that crossed the United States-Mexico border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says migrants expose themselves to 'cold winter temperatures and extreme summer heat' when they attempt to unlawfully cross the United States-Mexico border on freight trains

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says migrants expose themselves to ‘cold winter temperatures and extreme summer heat’ when they attempt to unlawfully cross the United States-Mexico border on freight trains

A migrant is detected lying on top of a metal bar underneath a freight train car in Texas after crossing the United States-Mexico border

A migrant is detected lying on top of a metal bar underneath a freight train car in Texas after crossing the United States-Mexico border

‘The potential for a misstep is greater when it is dark and visibility is limited,’  Mancha said. ‘In addition they are also unprotected from the elements including cold winter temperatures and extreme summer heat.’

Macha said that CBP is constantly in talks with rail companies and Mexican authorities, seeking a way ‘to stop this practice.’

‘Despite our best efforts it does not appear to be slowing down at all,’ Macha said. ‘We hope that through publicity people will realize that they are risking their lives and in turn will not consider this as an option.’

A CBP monthly report released April 8 showed Border Patrol agents apprehended 172,331 migrants during March after stopping 101,028 people in February. 

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