Texas Takes Large Group of Migrants Into Custody Days After Abbott Executive Order – Opinion

Fox News’ Bill Melugin reported that the Texas Department of Public Safety took 250 migrants into custody and sent them back to Eagle Pass in Texas. They were mostly single men and reportedly went to a private orchard.

Melugin stated that the majority of men Melugin interviewed claimed to be from Venezuela, Cuba or Colombia and have relatives in the United States. The reporter noted that “most” will be released by the federal government.

Chris Olivarez from the Texas Department of Public Safety, a spokesperson, praised his state officials’ handling of this situation. He The following was tweeted, as well as a video showing migrants getting on a bus.

@TxDPS Eagle Pass, Texas was home to a number of immigrants over 250. Predominantly single adults from Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua & Peru. Great work by @TxDPS & @TXMilitaryUnder Gov. @GregAbbott_TX’s leadership. #OperationLoneStar.” 

It comes as a result of Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican from Texas signed an executive order on 7 July that allowed the Texas National Guard (and the Texas Department of Public Safety) to detain illegal crossings and return them to Texas.

Abbott released the following statement in a press release:

“While President Biden refuses to do his job and enforce the immigration laws enacted by Congress, the State of Texas is once again stepping up and taking unprecedented action to protect Americans and secure our southern border.

“The cartels have become emboldened and enriched by President Biden’s open border policies, smuggling in record numbers of people, weapons, and deadly drugs like fentanyl.”

Eagle Pass lies in Rio Grande Valley. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that there were 333,224 migrant encounters within the Rio Grande Valley during the fiscal year 2022. This is the most of any southern border section. Over 1.4 million encounters were reported in this fiscal year which ended September 30.

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