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Agents See Increase of Immigrants Crossing Border During Holidays

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Posted: Dec 27, 2011 6:05 PM

Updated: Dec 28, 2011 9:01 AM

MCALLEN - The search for peace has many Mexican immigrants crossing our borders. Cartel violence has forced many of them to leave their homes and loved ones behind.

Border Partol agents say this exodus is something they have never seen.

Mexican immigrants are looking for a way to escape the gunbattles, threats and drugs. They are risking their lives to leave their cartel ridden country.

"During this past Christmas and Thanksgiving holiday, we've seen an increase in apprehensions," said Border Patrol spokesperson Daniel Milian.

Milian says more people are making a run for the Rio Grande. The increased activity is alarming for agents. He says this time of year is usually quiet.

Milian says the increased number of agents on the border will help during this time. He says they expect to see even more activity as the violence across the river grows.

Milian didn't provide specific number on the difference from this year to the last, but he says this is the second busiest area in the country.

Topics: cartel, violence, increase, border crossing, Daniel Milian, border patrol agents

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