Texas state troopers and local law enforcement officers continue to apprehend truckloads of single military age men attempting to enter the U.S. illegally.
Law enforcement officers have explained to The Center Square that they estimate the number of people they apprehend are a fraction of those coming through, the majority of whom aren’t caught.
In El Paso, Department of Public Safety special agents thwarted a human smuggling operation after observing a group of foreign nationals being loaded into a Penske rental truck on El Paso’s west side after they’d entered the U.S. illegally. They apprehended 58 citizens of Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala.
All were placed into the custody of U.S. Border Patrol agents. The driver, a Mexican national who was in the U.S. illegally, was arrested and faces federal human smuggling charges.
In the border town of Laredo, residents reported seeing numerous foreign nationals running through their neighborhood after they’d entered the U.S. illegally. Texas National Guard troops blocked off streets throughout the neighborhood to help local law enforcement apprehend as many as they could.
They helped apprehend eight individuals “by using vehicles and manpower to close off the area,” Spc. Sanchez, Bravo Company, Task Force Center, said. “We use our radio equipment to communicate with law enforcement to assist in apprehensions.”