U.S. Border Patrol agents say they apprehended more than 600 people in two large groups of what they say were illegal aliens that were moving through New Mexico.
It happened between midnight and sunrise on Tuesday. The groups were comprised primarily of Central American families and unaccompanied juveniles, according to authorities.
Agents encountered the first group in Sunland Park just after midnight. Border Patrol agents were able to apprehend all the aliens. In just a few hours the total number taken into custody in the Sunland Park area was 424.
Agents working at Camp Bounds Forward Operating Base at the Antelope Wells Port of Entry, arrested a large group of 230 illegal aliens around 2 a.m. That group was also comprised primarily of Central American families and unaccompanied juveniles.
The U.S Border Patrol says this is an ongoing problem they are facing in southern New Mexico.