During the ongoing Texas-Mexico border crisis, Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers located two young children abandoned in Eagle Pass.
DPS spokesman Lt. Chris Olivarez said, “In the last 24 hrs, Troopers have recovered 4 unaccompanied children in Eagle Pass.”
The latest two children recovered were a pair of siblings—a four-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl—from Chiapas, Mexico.
The children were immediately turned over to U.S. Border Patrol since Texas cannot process illegal alien children.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration has reportedly lost track of 85,000 illegal alien children inside the U.S. In fiscal year 2023 alone, there have been more than 1.9 million encounters at the border. Although the majority of encounters were with single adults, more than 100,000 were unaccompanied minors who were released into the U.S. to sponsors.
Notably, the two children found by DPS had a note with an Alabama address, possibly indicating who should be called to sponsor the children in the U.S.
According to Olivarez, “Since the implementation of [Operation Lone Star], DPS Troopers have rescued over 900 children from human smuggling/trafficking/abandonment events.”
“The amount of human trafficking and smuggling at the Texas Border is horrifying and heartbreaking and it is the consequence of open borders,” Cary Cheshire, Executive Director of Texans for Strong Borders told Texas Scorecard. “The State of Texas must defeat the narcoterrorist cartels who are victimizing women and children and undermining the security of our state.”
Since March of 2021, Texas has spent $10 billion on Operation Lone Star––a border security initiative that has deployed thousands of national guard members and Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the Texas-Mexico border. Despite this, Texas is still under immense strain from illegal crossings.
“We need a special session of the Texas Legislature dedicated [to] defeating the cartels and ending the invasion, passing a strong E-Verify law, and ending in-state tuition for illegal aliens,” said Cheshire.