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ABC Video: Border Patrol Chases Human Smuggler into Rio Grande

The smuggler dropped off two migrant families in America, then scurried back across the river to Mexico.

By NTK Staff | 06.26.2018 @11:59am

While on assignment at the border, ABC’s Tom Llamas and his crew got a firsthand look at the human smuggling crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Embedded with a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) unit, Llamas witnessed the agents pursue a human smuggler, who had just dropped off two families, into the Rio Grande.

The smuggler paddled across the river, escaping to the safety of the other side of the river.

“Guaranteed he’s a smuggler, just by the way he was dressed – no shirt, wearing shorts,” Border Patrol Agent Robert Rodriguez told Llamas. “As soon as he saw me – he was on the trail here – he jumped back in the river and went back south.”

Border Patrol detained the smuggled families, who told ABC News that they were fleeing gang violence and poverty in their home countries.

CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told Llamas that he hopes Congress will change current laws to allow the Trump administration to keep migrant families together while they go through deportation proceedings.

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