Del Rio Sector Border Patrol apprehends more than 1,000 migrants – in just one single day


TEXAS – According to an announcement from the Border Patrol Del Rio Sector’s chief patrol agent, agents working the Del Rio Sector managed to apprehend over 1,000 migrants on May 20th – a feat which the chief patrol agent described as a “new daily high” for the sector.

Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin Skero shared the news via Twitter the day after the numerous apprehensions were carried out, while also making mention of some other notable apprehensions that occurred during the previous 48-hour period:

“Yesterday alone, our agents apprehended over 1,000 migrants, a new daily high for Del Rio Sector. Our agents and partners continue to do an impressive job addressing this dynamic situation, stopping 27 smuggling attempts and 3 convicted sex offenders over the past 48 hours.”

One of the groups apprehended on May 20th, according to Chief Patrol Agent Skero, consisted of over 150 migrants located near the Rio Grande:

“Del Rio Station agents just apprehended another large group of over 150 migrants near the Rio Grande. Our Del Rio Station has seen the bulk of these large groups and has averaged over 230 migrants apprehended every day for the past 60 days.”

According to reports, the Del Rio Sector has seen an enormous increase in apprehensions since the start of the 2021 fiscal year (which started on October 1st, 2020) when compared to the 2020 fiscal year during the same time period.

During the 2020 fiscal year, Del Rio Sector agents had apprehended approximately 18,936 migrants by May 14th, 2020. As of the current fiscal year, Del Rio Sector agents have already apprehended 90,392 migrants.

Chief Patrol Agent Skero shared his thoughts on the aforementioned numbers, highlighting that it serves as a “377% increase”:

“Since Oct 1, Del Rio Sector has apprehended over 90,250 migrants. Over the same time period last year, we apprehended 18,900. Our workforce remains flexible and adaptive in order to balance the operational and humanitarian demands of this 377% increase.”

In a Twitter post dated May 18th, Chief Patrol Agent Skero detailed the number of criminal migrants, some carrying previous convictions of murder and sex offenses, that Del Rio Sector agents have apprehended: 

“Border security is national security and criminals continue in their attempts to illegally enter the U.S. in our remote areas. From October 1 through April 30, our agents have arrested 438 criminal migrants, to include 77 sex offenders and 7 with murder or homicide convictions.”

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Back in April, Del Rio Chief Patrol Agent Austin Skero appeared on Fox News to address the ongoing crisis effecting the southern border – making note of the increase in apprehended sex offenders, among other matters. 

We at Law Enforcement Today reported on that interview. 

Here’s that previous report. 


DEL RIO, TX – During a recent broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Your World,” U.S. Border Patrol Del Rio Chief Patrol Agent Austin Skero dove into some of the concerning statistical upticks regarding the crisis along the southern border.

The Del Rio Sector chief patrol agent proclaimed that high speed pursuits or up 117%, and apprehensions of illegal immigrants that are also convicted sex offenders have reportedly increased by over 2,000%.

Chief Patrol Agent Skero stated the following during the April 22nd broadcast of Fox News’ “Your World,” when highlighting active issues impacting the southern border:

“I can tell you that, in March, we — the Border Patrol, southwest border-wide, apprehended over 172,000 people. So, we do have a significant influx into the country here in the Del Rio Sector. Our apprehensions are up over 340% so far this fiscal year.

“The number of single adults we’re seeing are up over 400%, family units are up over 170%, and our unaccompanied children are up over 240%. We’ve caught folks from 67 different countries this year.”

The show host had then mentioned the Biden administration’s allegation that issues impacting the southern border, with respect to illegal immigration issues, are slowly starting to decline in numbers.

When faced with the question on whether the Biden administration’s allegation on these issues along the southern border are generally on the decline, Chief Patrol Agent Skero said that it is certainly not the case for his sector.

The Del Rio Sector chief patrol agent went on to explain some the numbers related to the more controversial matters and apprehensions that the U.S. Border Patrol has been seeing at the southern border recently:

“Our numbers are actually increasing. In the past 30 days alone, we’ve intercepted over 340 alien smuggling cases…We’ve seen an increase in high-speed pursuits through our neighboring counties, through our local county here, Val Verde County.

“Those pursuits are up 117% so far this year. The number of sex offenders that we have arrested within these groups of individuals is up significantly, over 2,000%. So, we have actually seen an increase.”

Taking to Twitter on April 23rd, Chief Patrol Agent Skero detailed what Border Patrol agents within the sector had encountered in a mere 24-hour period: 

“Del Rio Sector 24-Hour Recap: Yesterday, our agents arrested over 800 to include a group of 108, responded to six calls for distress and, in coordination with our law enforcement partners, stopped 16 smuggling cases. We are focused on national security!”

Just days prior to the April 23rd posting, Chief Patrol Agent Skero also noted some of the high-profile apprehensions accomplished during the weekend of April 17th/18th: 

“This weekend saw 31 smuggling attempts stopped on our roadways for over 150 arrests. Our agents are still encountering 100s of undocumented people every day attempting to evade arrest. These 7, wearing black and trying to walk around our checkpoint, were found by our K9 teams.”


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