Chief Patrol Agent Austin Skero of the Del Rio Sector tweeted photos of the illegal immigrants packed in the trailer so tight they were nearly lying atop one another with barely room to move.
Most of them held their arms down along their body to make more room in the space that appeared to be no more than 18 inches deep.
The Border Patrol says its Del Rio, Texas, sector discovered 20 people stuffed underneath the boards of a truck’s trailer. (Border Patrol/Chief Patrol Agent Austin Skero)
Tarps and bags were on the bed of the trailer to conceal the immigrants hiding underneath.
Another photo showed the children – ages 10 and 15 – jammed into a container barely big enough to hold them.
Skero said canines on Monday alerted officers to the trailer and an inspection uncovered the adults “trapped under the trailer boards.”
“With temperatures on the rise, smuggling attempts like these have a high potential to turn deadly,” he said.
It wasn’t clear where the migrants were traveling from.
According to numbers compiled by US Customs and Border Protection, federal agents encountered 18,890 unaccompanied children from Central America in March — double February’s 9,297.
Vice President Kamala Harris, who the president tapped last month to lead the efforts to stem the tide, is expected to travel to Guatemala and Mexico, but no date has been finalized.
This story first appeared in the New York Post.