On Thursday, agents of the Laredo Sector Border Patrol arrested 57 migrants on a ranch about 40 miles from the border between Texas and Mexico. The arrests occurred during a four-pick-up truck smuggling operation.

During the early morning hours of April 12, agents of Hebbronville Station Border Patrol observed four pick-up trucks on a ranch north of Oilton, Texas.

The agents were monitoring the alleged operation of smuggling as they were waiting for U.S. assistance. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) helicopter aircrew, according to Breitbart.

They discovered 40 illegal aliens hiding in the beds and cabs of the four pick-up trucks as the agents approached the vehicles, officials said. The AMO aircrew started an area search operation and found another 17 illegal aliens hiding in the brush.

The migrants were located and taken into custody by ground-based agents. The agents learned during immigration interviews that the 57 migrants came from four countries— Guatemala (30), Mexico (19), Honduras (6), and Nicaragua (2)—to the United States. All 57 illegal aliens were transported to Hebbronville Station by agents.

All migrants arrested by Border Patrol agents are subject to a biometric background investigation after crossing the border illegally. The investigation examines prior history of criminal and immigration as well as affiliation with gangs. Officials said the migrants will be processed in accordance with the guidelines of the Laredo Sector.

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