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Border Patrol agents in one sector apprehended 225 border-crossers in a single morning this week

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Despite a reported drop in large groups of migrants attempting to illegally cross the U.S. border, immigration authorities apprehended a group of over 200 attempted border-crossers in New Mexico earlier this week.

According to a press release from U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Sector, agents working around the Antelope Wells port of entry in new Mexico apprehend 225 illegal aliens "in the early morning hours of July 30." The agency said that the those apprehended were mostly "Central American families and unaccompanied juveniles."

The Border Patrol sector's statement says that Border Patrol paramedics screened the group for medical conditions and, after determining that "no member of the group required additional attention," sent everyone in the group to border stations to be processed. Pictures provided to Blaze Media along with the press release show the large group of border-crossers in Border Patrol custody, their faces blurred.

"Even as temperatures rise to dangerous levels, criminal organizations continue to exploit innocent human lives in order to enhance their illicit gains without regard to the risks associated with the hazardous practice," the press release explains. "In most cases these smugglers never cross the border themselves in order to avoid apprehension."

This week's apprehensions come after acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told Congress that attempted crossings by large groups were on the decline, saying that only four large groups had been apprehended since the Mexican government beefed up its own immigration enforcement earlier in the summer.

Later that month, McAleenan told Fox News: "In July, we have had groups in [the Rio Grand Valley Sector] have over 100, a few of them. But it's a completely different scenario than May, when we had 28 large groups and up to 1,000 per group. It was a very different and challenging effort."

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