A group of nearly 300illegal immigrants– comprised mostly of family units and unaccompanied minors – was apprehended after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley earlier this week.
U.S. Customs and Border Protectionrevealed Wednesday that agents working near Granjeno, Texas responded to reports of a large group of suspected illegal immigrants walking toward a river levee.
Upon arrival, agents said they found 289 illegal immigrants crossing the river levee from Mexico – making it the largest group they’ve encountered in the area so far this year.
Agents said, including this group, they had detained more than 1,000 illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley sector in 24 hours.
The latest large group comes as CBP has seen an uptick in such groups crossing the border illegally into the U.S.
Former Border Patrol agent Mark Morgan weighs in on border security and children being used as pawns to enter the country.
In Arizona, agents arrested nearly750 illegal immigrants last weekend.They all came in large groups of mostly Central American families and unaccompanied minors.
To date, in Fiscal Year 2019, the Yuma Sector in Arizona has seen a 230 percent increase in family unit apprehensions and a 36 present increase in unaccompanied minors when compared to year to date numbers last year, CBP revealed Monday.
Across the border, 60 percent of apprehensions at the border are family units and unaccompanied minors, the agency said earlier this month. More than 268,000 family units and unaccompanied minors have been apprehended at the United States’ southern border to date in Fiscal Year 2019,CBPsaid.
“We are currently facing a humanitarian and national security crisis along our southwest border,” CBP Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan said in a statement earlier this month.
The crisis at the border appears to be reaching a breaking point.
A senior Homeland Security official told Fox News on Monday that the government isgearing up for a record number of migrantstraveling to the U.S. as families to either cross the southern border illegally or claim asylum at a port of entry this year.
The senior official told Fox News an estimated 51,000 to 58,000 people traveling as family units are projected to enter the U.S. this month, with that figure rising as high as 70,000 in May.
On Monday night, at least10 people illegally crossedinto the U.S. via the California border with Mexico after a smuggler used two Salvadoran girls as decoys to distract border patrol agents.
The unidentified smuggler dropped the two girls – ages 6 and 9 – into concertina wire at an “aging” section of the border barrier, while the other illegal immigrants “got away,” CBP said.
A video showed the girls being dropped from the wall before the smuggler fled.
Fox News' Greg Norman and Katherine Lam contributed to this report.
Lucia I. Suarez Sang is a Reporter & Editor for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter@luciasuarezsang