Migrants arrested after using drainage system to enter country, hide

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Border Patrol agents found migrants using the water drainage systems to hide and enter the country illegally in Brownsville and McAllen, Texas.

A migrant climbing out of a drainage system in Brownsville after Border Patrol agents found hiding. PHOTO: CBP

Brownsville agents on Tuesday morning saw some footprints leading into a drainage pipe and requested the help of the Brownsville Fire Department.

A total of three migrants were found inside the drainage system and were arrested once they exited. The migrants said they were the only ones in their group, and were all in good health, according to U.S> Customs and Border Protection.

The next day, McAllen Border Patrol agents received tips that migrants were using the drainage system in Hidalgo.

After investigating alongside Hidalgo police and the Texas Department of Public Safety, authorities arrested 20 migrants that used the drainage system to enter the country.

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