RIO GRANDE VALLEY - They're in the brush, in the water, and even in the air. The RGV Border Patrol Sector continues to protect the U.S. border from violence and illegal activity. One of their biggest jobs is preventing illegal immigration.
"In the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, we saw about a 60 percent increase more or less with apprehensions here in the Rio Grande Valley of undocumented immigrants from 48,000 the previous year, to about 79,000 to 80,000 this past year," said Enrique Mendiola, RGV Border Patrol Sector Spokesperson.
One reason for this increase in apprehensions is more boots on the ground. Mendiola said with recent hiring, RGV Border Patrol has seen nearly a 40 percent increase in manpower. But having the right equipment helps too.
"Our detection capability has increased. So we are seeing, we are able to detect more people coming across and we are able to make more apprehensions," said Mendiola.
Tactical infrastructure, remotely monitored surveillance and unmanned aerial systems also play a role in illegal immigrant apprehensions.
To get more Border Patrol statistics, visit http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/border_security/border_patrol/usbp_statistics/