Over the past several days, the Texas Department of Safety has reportedly made more than 70 arrests of illegal aliens for criminal trespass on border properties.

On Monday, Texas DPS apprehended 32 illegal aliens in Normandy, Maverick County. The group consisted of 16 males and 16 females from countries including Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic.

“As I explained, this area is private. You don’t have permission from the owner to enter,” a statement from the DPS South Region states. “We have an order from the State of Texas with these landowners that we can arrest you because you are on their property without permission.”

On May 4, DPS troopers arrested 12 illegal aliens in the same county. Among those illegally crossing the border was one man from Lebanon deemed to be a “Risk Foreign Subject of Interest,” heightening national security concerns.

Another 31 illegal aliens trespassing in Maverick County were also arrested late last week on Friday.

According to DPS, the arrests include a total of 20 females and 11 males originating from countries like Ecuador, Nicaragua, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Cuba.

“These arrests stem from an increase in attempted unlawful border crossings between the ports of entry in the Normandy area,” Texas DPS reports.

Though DPS states that attempts to cross the border in the Normandy area and around Maverick County are increasing, recent immigration statistics show that overall illegal border crossings are slowing across the state.

Meanwhile, Senate Bill 4—a Texas law making it a state crime for individuals to enter the country illegally—is currently on hold.

The law is currently awaiting further review by the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Will Biagini

Will was born in Louisiana and raised in a military family. He currently serves as a journalist with Texas Scorecard. Previously, he was a senior correspondent for Campus Reform.