ANTELOPE WELLS, New Mexico - U.S. Border Patrol agents have apprehended 194 undocumented migrants in southwest New Mexico, officials said Monday.
The undocumented migrants in this group were primarily of Central American families — from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — and unaccompanied children, agents said.
According to the Border Patrol, agents encountered the group at 3 a.m. Sunday attempting to illegally enter at the camp Bounds Forward Operating Base adjacent to the Antelope Wells Port of Entry.
Officials said although recent monthly figures show a decrease in border apprehensions, they continue to arrest high numbers of undocumented migrants entering the U.S. compared to last year.
“This high number of apprehensions continue to present a challenge to our border operations as this remains a national security and humanitarian crisis,” a Border Patrol news release said.