Border Patrol sends more agents to South Texas

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Updated: 4/02/2014 10:54 pm

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol has shifted more than 100 agents from California and Arizona to the southernmost tip of Texas, its busiest sector for illegal immigration.

The agency announced Wednesday that the temporarily assigned agents had arrived to the Rio Grande Valley this week.

While arrests of immigrants entering the country illegally have stabilized or fallen at other parts of the Southwest border, they've soared in South Texas. Last year, the Border Patrol made more than 154,000 arrests in the sector, an increase of 58 percent from the previous year.

The sector has already made more than 95,000 arrests midway through this fiscal year and seized more than 300,000 pounds of marijuana. The agents from Arizona and California join those already sent from the neighboring Laredo sector.

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