EAGLE PASS, Texas — Texas Army National Guard troops and gear deployed by Governor Greg Abbott moved in to dam a portion of the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, Texas. The troops started arriving on Friday and positioned themselves alongside a one-mile stretch of the river close to the downtown space of town.
The troops are stationed in Humvee autos rigorously positioned alongside the riverbank to serve as a deterrent to unlawful crossings close to town. Nearly 30 autos are parked lower than 150 ft from one another going through Mexico. Border Patrol brokers within the space inform Breitbart Texas that extra troops have been scheduled to reach later within the day.
As reported by Breitbart Texas, the world surrounding the ports of entry in Eagle Pass are recognized as excessive site visitors areas for unlawful crossings and are problematic for the Border Patrol because of the proximity to personal residences within the metropolis. Although many migrants select to give up hoping for fast launch into the United States, many others, often single adults, try to elude apprehension. Deterring migrants from crossing within the space prevents a fast escape into the populated areas throughout the metropolis.
Governor Abbott utilized an identical tactic throughout the Haitian migrant disaster in Del Rio in September. Texas Highway Patrol troopers strategically positioned autos alongside the river financial institution to forestall further migrants from reaching the camp close to a typical crossing level within the space.
A brief distance away, building crews are working to construct Abbott’s border wall the place the guard troops’ blockade ends. For two miles, the Texas border wall will stand 18’ tall and stretch alongside one of many busiest migrant crossing areas in Eagle Pass. A supply concerned within the building tells Breitbart the venture is progressing shortly. The supply expects a state delegation to go to the development website quickly to watch the progress firsthand.
The National Guard deployment is a part of Governor Abbott’s Operation Lone Star that has been in impact since March. The operation includes the deployment of greater than 1,000 Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Troopers and a pair of,500 Texas Army National Guard troopers to the border area throughout the state.
As of October 7, the operation has resulted in 6,799 felony arrests, 1,195 migrant prosecution instances for felony trespass, and greater than 71,000 migrant apprehensions. The freeway patrol has been concerned in additional than 800 pursuits because the inception of the operation.
Recent Operational Activities of be aware embody:
- On October 5 in Jeff Davis County a site visitors cease yielded six firearms, ammunition, a number of magazines, cocaine, THC, and $5,600 in money. A migrant within the car was referred to U.S. Border Patrol.
- On Oct. 5 in Hidalgo County, Special Agents and Troopers seized 218 kilos of cocaine.
- On Oct. 6, a car pursuit in Edwards County concerned the feminine driver and passenger stay streaming it on Facebook. The pursuit ended when a tire deflation machine was deployed, and the car crashed. Five migrants within the car have been injured. Law enforcement discovered a handgun within the car, as effectively as a small amount of marijuana.
- On Oct. 11 the Texas Army National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers collaborated in recognizing and monitoring seven armed males in physique armor on the Mexico aspect of the Rio Grande River close to Starr County.
Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Division Chief for Law Enforcement Operations, directing operations for 9 Border Patrol Stations throughout the Del Rio, Texas, Sector. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.