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Migrants in wheelchairs crossing the border intercepted by Border Patrol

A family with two members in wheelchairs crossed the Rio Grande

Detained migrant in wheelchair
La familia cruzó el Río Grande el jueves alrededor de la medianoche | @USBPChiefDRT

January 18, 2022 6:21pm

Updated: January 18, 2022 8:51pm

A family, including a woman and her daughter in wheelchairs, attempted to cross the border into the U.S. on Thursday of last week amid record numbers of migrants seeking to go to the United States.

The family crossed the Rio Grande on Thursday at around midnight, according to Del Rio sector Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens.

“Never a dull moment…In 30-degree weather, just after midnight, this family crossed the Rio Grande w/ a special needs daughter & wheelchair bound woman! What could possibly go wrong?” tweeted Owens.

Border patrol agents intercepted the family. However, it is unclear whether they were detained or where they were taken.

The U.S. has seen a dramatic increase in undocumented migrants trying to cross the border. In the fiscal year 2021, Border Patrol agents intercepted 1.6 million migrants, four times more than the previous fiscal year.