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Exclusive: Texas Law Enforcement Reports Reveal Scope of the Border Crisis

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DEL RIO, Texas—In one week, 22,651 illegal aliens from 40 countries were apprehended in Texas near the U.S.–Mexico border, according to a Nov. 2 law enforcement report issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety and obtained by The Epoch Times.

The reporting week encompassed the seven days from Oct. 27 through Nov. 2, and according to the previous week’s numbers and a report from May, the numbers have been this high for months.

Law enforcement arrested 48 fugitives and 13 gang members. In addition, more than 4,000 pounds of marijuana, 669 pounds of methamphetamine, and 87 pounds of cocaine were seized. Also confiscated were 27 handguns, three long guns, and more than $188,000 in cash.

In the past six months, three separate currency seizures each exceeded $1.5 million.

The Border Operations Sector Assessment reports, labeled “law enforcement sensitive,” are issued weekly to law enforcement personnel and government recipients, but the public is kept in the dark about the extent of border crime and illegal activity in their respective areas. The reports emanate from the Border Security Operations Center, run by the Texas Rangers, which collates information from Border Patrol, as well as state law enforcement and participating local law enforcement.

Just shy of 22,000 illegal aliens were apprehended on average per week in Texas over the past four weeks—68 percent of whom were from countries other than Mexico. Extrapolated for a year, that would mean more than 1.1 million illegal alien apprehensions along the Texas–Mexico border alone. The report doesn’t estimate how many individuals evaded apprehension.

While illegal aliens from Central and South American countries tend to account for most of the apprehensions, the numbers from other nationalities are significant. In the reported week, apprehensions included 57 illegal immigrants from Turkey, 36 from Romania, 26 from Senegal, 14 from Eritrea, eight from China, and three from Uzbekistan.

The U.S. State Department lists four countries as “state sponsors of terrorism”—Cuba, North Korea, Iran, and Syria.

Although a handful of illegal aliens are caught in Texas each week from the latter three counties, hundreds of Cubans are flooding across the border and claiming asylum. In the week of the report, law enforcement apprehended 610 Cubans entering Texas, and 551 the previous week.

The report includes a section with photos showing where law enforcement is finding drugs and cash concealed in vehicles. It also includes a section that outlines significant recent events in Mexico, including any large group of migrants heading toward the United States border and any cartel activity. In one case, the Mexican army arrested three kidnappers from the Gulf cartel who were holding 25 people in southeast Matamoros, the Mexican city across the border from Brownsville, Texas.

The report states that law enforcement was involved in 61 vehicle pursuits and 55 bailouts (in which a driver stops and the passengers scatter to avoid capture). The actual numbers are likely higher, as statistics from some counties aren’t included in the report.

The Willacy County Sheriff’s Office reported seven incidents of human smuggling within a five-day period. The county sits on a direct smuggling route to Houston, 30 miles north of the border in the Rio Grande Valley. Deputies arrested three human smugglers, turned 16 illegal aliens over to Border Patrol, seized seven vehicles, and were involved in four pursuits and five bailouts.

On Oct. 29, just north of Van Horn, Texas, law enforcement responded to a vehicle rollover that involved five illegal aliens and four other deceased occupants.

In the Big Bend sector, on Oct. 30, a Texas state trooper stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe and arrested the driver, who was under 18, for human smuggling. The driver admitted to being paid $2,000 to pick up the passenger, an illegal alien minor.

The reports also track gang activity in each border sector.

During the week, Border Patrol reported encounters with 11 gang members associated with the Texas Syndicate, Paisas, 18th Street, Gulf Cartel, and MS-13 gangs.

In the Laredo sector on Oct. 28, a convicted felon and captain of the Mexican Mafia Laredo Chapter was arrested while distributing narcotics and carrying a firearm. Law enforcement searched a related apartment and found methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. Several Santa Muerte shrines were located in the apartment, according to the report. Santa Muerte, or the saint of death, is often revered by cartel and gang members.

A second law enforcement report obtained by The Epoch Times that summarizes border activity from the end of May, shows similar trends, indicating the consistently high volume of border crime.

More than 25,000 illegal aliens, from up to 46 countries, were apprehended per week during a four-week period, with more than 70 percent of them from countries other than Mexico.

June 2011 Report

Ten years ago, the picture looked vastly different.

During the reporting period of June 15 through June 21, 2011, the number of illegal aliens apprehended near the Texas–Mexico border was 2,258—one-tenth of the current number, although the volume of drugs seized was significantly higher.

The illegal aliens hailed from 22 different countries and 34 percent were from countries other than Mexico—compared to the 68 percent in recent times.

Law enforcement arrested 179 fugitives and 15 gang members. Agents seized almost 35,000 pounds of marijuana, 237 pounds of cocaine, 57 pounds of methamphetamines, and almost five pounds of heroin.

The report also outlines three separate incidents—on June 9, 11, and 19—where Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement personnel in the Rio Grande Valley area were shot at from the Mexican side of the river.

The 2011 report contained more detailed information on cartel activity in Mexico than the more recent reports (16 pages versus two pages), including details about alleged cartel-related killings in Mexican border cities.

One example from June 21, 2011, described the discovery of a man’s remains in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso.

“A black plastic bag containing the head and genitals of a man was thrown from a car onto the sidewalk behind a church,” the report states. “The rest of the body was found the following morning on a sidewalk in front of an abandoned house five blocks away. The man’s torso was inside one plastic bag and his extremities in another bag inside a cardboard box.”

The Epoch Times submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Texas Department of Public Safety asking for Border Operations Sector Assessment reports from previous years.

The request was denied on the basis of a prior opinion that states, in part, “We agree the release of the submitted information would interfere with law enforcement.”

Reprinted with Permission from - The Epoch Times by - Charlotte Cuthbertson

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Ken Bone
9 months ago

Thank you Joe Biden and all your cronies.

9 months ago

This is disgusting! All people soooo worried about getting Covid or hell know’s what other kinds of disease aren’t opening their yaps about this, are they?

9 months ago

The democrat/socialists: I see NOTHING. Is this a rerun of Hogan’s heroes?

9 months ago


9 months ago

Keep the money and use it to fund completion of the wall!

Margaret Morris
9 months ago

This is insanity! Joe is not our President and should be declared incompetent, and impeached for this threat to our national security.

9 months ago

Ever wonder why Congress, Texas and Arizona …caved the next 70 years to the ranchers and farmers …after President Eisenhower ran all the illegal aliens out.

……………………………………Bribes perhaps?? Ya, that was it.

How Eisenhower solved illegal border crossings from Mexico
July 6, 2006 By John Dillin > > > Note the archive date!

George W. Bush isn’t the first Republican president to face a full-blown immigration crisis on the US-Mexican border.

Fifty-three years ago, when newly elected Dwight Eisenhower moved into the White House, America’s southern frontier was as porous as a spaghetti sieve. As many as 3 million illegal migrants had walked and waded northward over a period of several years for jobs in California, Arizona, Texas, and points beyond.

President Eisenhower cut off this illegal traffic. He did it quickly and decisively with only 1,075 United States Border Patrol agents – less than one-tenth of today’s force. The operation is still highly praised among veterans of the Border Patrol.

9 months ago

Yes! Border crossings by illegal aliens, foreign terrorists and drug cartels will continue, ……………………………………IF YOU LET THEM IN!

Xidens and Obama’s past immigration E.O.’s are NOT law and can be ignored!

The FED’s, TSA, DHS, US Marshall’s, Border Patrol and ICE, have been following ILLEGAL E.O.’s for over 13 years instead of enforcing “”existing”” immigration laws.

Arizona/Texas citizens continue to suffer the deadly consequences.

The Fed’s are cowards and traitors protecting their pensions instead of doing their sworn job and Congress lets it happen!

Arizona/Texas. Forget the lawsuits. That will take years.

Arizona/Texas Rangers, Police and their National Guards must kick all the Feds out, take over and seal the border!

That is better than changing diapers and getting shot at!

9 months ago

Hmmm. Iran, Syria, and North Korea being highest violators caught!! Makes one wonder how many are potential saboteurs, spys, Typhoid Marys, etc. Has our government gone to sleep in its duty to protect Americans?

9 months ago
Reply to  Hal

This socialist democrat administration cares NOTHING about protecting American citizens or adhering to our laws.
Their actions speak WAY louder than the BS coming out of their mouths!

9 months ago

Finish building the “WALL” and sufficiently man it so that it is physically to breach it without being caught in the process. And I think Mexico needs to cooperate a bit more. I think Mexico’s attitude governmentally is, “We don’t care how they get out of Mexico … the faster the better.” Frankly, I think it is irresponsible politically for our politicos not to create and support legislation which puts a cold STOP to the southern border crisis.

Tim Toroian
9 months ago

Aren’t foreign invaders susceptible to being shot?

9 months ago
Reply to  Tim Toroian

They would be in most other countries.

Eddie Van Halen
9 months ago

The ones who make it past ‘shoot to kill’ orders need to be put inside Soros’ house. That is the cancer to this situation. George Soros and his entire family. Ever see “Clear and Present Danger ?” THAT is what needs to take place w. that ‘family.’

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
9 months ago

D.P. below who wrote in is correct. People that need to read all of what’s goin on will never read any of this. If 90 % did did read all of this, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in. Kyle L.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
9 months ago

What problem. ???? Kyle L.

Joanne 4 justice
9 months ago

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9 months ago

Hopefully this crisis will now be ending. As of today the reign of terror in DC has supposedly reinstated the ‘hold them in Mexico’ agreement President Trump had in place that Biden rescinded on his first day in office. If this is true we should see the numbers of the home invaders entering our country over our southern border almost immediately drop dramatically.

9 months ago
Reply to  Barb304

Except the B Admin will take it’s sweet time. B said he’s only going to work on 1 of the 7 entry points at a time. Also, they’ll do everything they can to let it continue. How can the D’s not see what is going on? And the news media will not report this truth.

9 months ago

SEND ALL THE illegals TO THE WHTE HOUSE AND pelosi’s AND schumers HOMES

9 months ago

Unfortunately most of what is reported in this article will never reach the ears of the majority of Americans……the current administration does not want it shared, and the media is helping to quell the truth. I for one, would like to see all that money seized used to complete the wall, bolster the enforcement personnel and help fund the retrieval of those illegals who have already crossed and are now “integrated” into our society. 1.5 million would help, if allowed. I remember some years back that when law enforcement seized materials, and monies they were allowed to “cash out” and use the funds for their own supportive efforts.

Nobody’s Business
9 months ago

Should do what they did in the 50s and early 60s shoot them!

9 months ago

To think bozojoe and camel harris believe the border is just fine- how ignorant are these two???

Eddie Van Halen
9 months ago
Reply to  Garye

They are following the marching orders of the CFR and Soros family. That is a fact.

9 months ago

Right you are Sir,right you are!

9 months ago

…and we aren’t hearing a peep about all the CBP agents DYING from covid. I get Honmeland Security news because my son’s a member of the Coast Guard, and it seems they are flying the ensign at half-mast more often than not, due to a CBP dying “in the line of duty”. A lot of them don’t give the cause, but most say “covid”. Maybe word’s getting out, because the one I looked up yesterday said “not releasing cause for privacy of the family” or such, but another obituary for him gave cause of death as covid. It seems it’s better for us to speculate (if we even know of the deaths) that the agents died from something self-inflicted or otherwise shameful, than to let everyone know how these non-vaccinated masses are killing off our agents (remember, federal agents are dying after having submitted to the vaccine mandate, too, but that’s antother story…”.)

9 months ago
Reply to  Sallo

That’s HOMELAND Security, of course.

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