Hundreds of children among those who illegally crossed the US-Mexico border this week

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There simply aren’t enough Border Patrol agents to process the thousands of illegal immigrants who cross the southwest border every day.

In La Grulla, Texas, early Thursday morning, Border Patrol encountered a group of nearly 300 people illegally entering the United States. Just over 100 of them were unaccompanied children.

Less than 15 miles away in La Joya, Fox News integrated with the Texas Department of Public Safety on Thursday morning and saw about 100 people in about two hours march to a stadium where only a handful of law enforcement officers Border Patrol were present to process them.

Lt. Chris Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) stopped a group of migrants and asked “Hay más gente?” Are there more people? »

Yes, they said. Most of them were children.

People who have crossed the US-Mexico border are illegally looking for Border Patrol in La Joya, Texas. Families and unaccompanied children from this area often visit.
(Fox News/Ashley Soriano)

“De donde son ustedes?” Where do they come from ? »

Honduras, they said.

” How old are you ? How old are you ? »

A girl: eight years old.

“They say they haven’t eaten for about two or three days,” Lt. Olivarez said of the girl who was with another girl and a boy.

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DPS agents have been assisting Border Patrol on Operation Lone Star for 16 months.

During that time, they apprehended some 279,000 illegal immigrants, arrested 17,000 criminals and seized 319.5 million lethal doses of fentanyl.

Hundreds of children among those who illegally crossed the US

“Every state has become a border state,” Olivarez said. “Aside from families, single adults, getaways, the drugs that come in go to other states. They don’t stay in Texas.

The smugglers told families and unaccompanied children to look for Border Patrol and surrender.

“It’s Mexico over there. The smugglers take them across on a raft. They usually have 30, 40 immigrants on these rafts as they take them across,” Olivarez said. “They know where to drop them off, they know where to walk, they walk to that ball field. »

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Most wore colorful wristbands that read “Llegadas,” meaning arrivals, or “Entregas,” meaning deliveries.

The wristbands have helped cartels track migrants and their payments for their smuggling, “something we haven’t seen in previous years,” Olivarez said. “Immigrants are told once they land to get rid of these bracelets. »

Lt. Chris Olivarez with the Texas Department of Public Safety patrolling the border Thursday, July 14, 2022.

Lt. Chris Olivarez with the Texas Department of Public Safety patrolling the border Thursday, July 14, 2022.
(Fox News/Ashley Soriano)

An eight-year-old girl traveling alone said she came to the United States because gang members were dangerous in her home country of Honduras. She had no food and almost no water.

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While law enforcement focuses their efforts on children and families, single adults trying to evade police and drug dealers can do so more easily.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently announced enhanced security at checkpoints for commercial vehicles such as tractor-trailers.

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Two weeks ago, 53 migrants were found dead in the back of a tractor-trailer in San Antonio.

“They held up pretty much an overwhelming number of Border Patrol agents that were deployed in that area, so you even had unmanned checkpoints,” Olivarez said. “It was a perfect opportunity for criminal organizations to smuggle people and also drugs. »

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