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Headed up over the US/Mexico border with @CBP elite group of air agents who assist in apprehensions from the sky - so far this year air/marine agents have apprehended 13k undocumented immigrants @MSNBC @NBCLatino
One of dozens of helicopters used by @CBP to patrol the Rio Grande sector - the most heavily trafficked area for illegal immigrants (second most heavily trafficked area for drugs) #immigration @MSNBC @NBCLatino
Pilot says scouts from drug cartels and smugglers sit in this parking lot overlooking the air strip to inform his counterparts when @CBP aircraft is taking off and monitoring the area
1minute into the ride and @CBP agents need assistance finding a group of migrants who have run into the brush
Taking a closer look the air agents try to break up the brush with the helicopter to see if anyone is hiding inside
More @CBP agents arriving to assist
Rafts discarded on the side of the river show signs people have crossed here
Group of families with children spotted - about 20-30ppl
This river winds through Texas making it difficult to patrol by car and boat so helicopters (like this one) patrol sections of this area 24hrs a day - responding to calls, sensors and cameras set up all along the border @NBCLatino @NBCNews
Agents patrolling on foot while we hover above. It’s almost 100 degrees out here, conditions r brutal. I can’t imagine the fear these immigrants must be going through (esp w/ kids) hiding in the brush as they are being pursued by helicopter, patrol agents and by boat @NBCLatino

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Aug 18, 2018
Families are still separated. This is Raquel. Her two sons are among the 565 kids STILL separated from their families. Deadlines have come and gone for the #Trump Admin. + kids remain in gov. custody. Raquel is afraid her family will be forgotten. @NBCLatino @NBCNightlyNews
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This is 5yo Genesis from Honduras. She has been sleeping on the floor for 2 days at this border crossing with her Mom and brother. As she tucks her teddy bear in bed, the rain falling in Matamoros seeps onto her cardboard mat Genesis has had a fever since she got here @NBCLatino
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