U.S. Army National Guardsmen assist Border Patrol agents to line up the illegals and march them into the city of Rome, Texas for transport. This has become a nightly ritual.
The smugglers openly communicate with the soldiers and Border Patrol agents, coordinating where to beach the raft so children can easily climb the riverbank. Once on dry land, soldiers and Border Patrol agents march the invaders downtown and take basic biographical information.
The illegals will be taken to a nearby soft-sided processing center. Many of the family unit migrants with young children will ultimately be released. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector arrested more than 549,000 illegals in Fiscal Year 2021. Roughly 257,000 of those were classified as family unit members, according to the Border Patrol.