306 migrants apprehended near Lordsburg; migrant discovered with flesh-eating bacteria

Immigration

About 306 migrants who crossed into the country were taken into custody just past midnight on Thursday near Lordsburg, N.M., the U.S. Border Patrol said.

The group was primarily made up of Central American families and unaccompanied juveniles, some in need of immediate medical assistance, a news release said.

Those were in need of help were taken to hospitals for assistance while the rest were taken to the Lordsburg Station for processing.

This was the 26th group of more than 100 migrants to enter the country near Lordsburg since the beginning of the year. Officials have previously said human smugglers are targeting the area. 

“Criminal organizations smuggling these groups continue to take advantage of these groups of people in order to enhance their illicit activities without due regard to the risks to human life,” the release said. “In most cases, these smugglers never cross the border themselves and risk apprehension.”

Around the same time, agents discovered that man detained from a separate group had flesh-eating bacteria on his leg. He was diagnosed at a hospital where he will need additional treatment. 

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.