The video obtained by Fox News shows law enforcement in Texas arresting approximately ten illegal immigrants hidden in an underground drainage system, the latest in thousands of arrests of illegal immigrants made in recent months in the Lone Star status.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) told Fox News that one of its officers responded to a camera alert in Hidalgo and found approximately 10 illegal immigrants using the drainage system to evade authorities.
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The video shows the border patrol on the scene removing them from the ditch and taking them into custody.
In a statement, Texas DPS said it “remains committed to helping secure our nation’s border by working with partner agencies in the fight against criminal activity and the detention of illegal immigrants who are illegally entering the state and the whole country. “
Texas has been one of the states hardest hit by the crisis on the southern border, which has seen an increase in migration and more than 212,000 seizures in July alone.
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While the Biden administration has blamed fundamental causes such as violence and poverty in Central America, as well as the Trump administration’s policies, Republicans in Texas and elsewhere have blamed the retreat on the Biden administration of Trump-era border protections.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has announced several steps Texas is taking to backfire against the flood of illegal migration. A blocked Abbott order has since allowed Texas agents to drag vehicles suspected of carrying illegal immigrants and launched a project to build a wall on the South Texas border.
In March, the state launched Operation Lonely Star that sends law enforcement to “high-threat areas” along the border “to deny Mexican cartels and other smugglers the ability to move drugs and people.” in Texas. ”
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Texas DPS said in a statement that it has since made more than 5,200 criminal arrests and captured more than 64,000 illegal immigrants.
Recently, the state won a major legal victory against the Biden administration after the Supreme Court refused to suspend the ruling of a federal court ordering the federal government to re-apply migrant protection protocols (MPPs). , a Trump-era policy that kept migrants in Mexico while they waited for their audiences.