Most of the males he spoke with told him they were from Venezuela, Cuba, or Colombia and claimed to have relatives in the United States. “The majority” will be freed by the federal government, according to the reporter.
Chris Olivarez, a spokesperson for the Texas Dept. of Public Safety, praised his state officials for resolving the issue. He issued the following statement via Twitter.
“TxDPS discovered a large group of 250 migrants or more in Eagle Pass, Texas. Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela, Peru, and Nicaragua are the most populous countries represented. TxDPS and TXMilitary assisted Governor with securing the border during this operation.”
This is in response to Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) signing an executive order on July 7 that allows the Texas National Guard and Texas Dept. of Public Safety to arrest people that illegally cross the border and then return them to Mexico.
Abbott added in a press release:
“While Pres. Biden refuses to do his duty and enforce federal immigration laws, the State of Texas is stepping up again and taking proactive measures to safeguard Americans and make our southern border secure.”
“The cartels have grown more bold and wealthy as a result of President Biden’s open border policy, which have resulted in historic numbers of individuals, weapons, and poisonous drugs like fentanyl being smuggled into the United States.”
The Rio Grande Valley, in which Eagle Pass is situated, had over 333,000 migrant encounters during the fiscal year 2022 as of June, by Border Protection and U.S. Customs making it the most popular border sector. Overall, over 1.4 million encounters have been reported throughout this fiscal year, which comes to an end on September 30.