Texas authorities have arrested 79 illegal aliens on rioting charges in connection with a March 21 incident where a group rushed National Guardsmen at the border in El Paso.

New York Post reporter Jennie Taer wrote on March 27 that Texas arrested nine illegal aliens over the incident and charged them with inciting a riot, damage of property of over $2,500, and assault.

Taer reported two days later that a source told her authorities arrested 70 more illegal aliens on misdemeanor rioting charges.

At the time, sources said Immigration and Customs Enforcement were keeping another 200 aliens in custody awaiting state charges.

However, El Paso County Magistrate Judge Humberto Acosta decided on Sunday to release them as they await charges, citing the court’s inability to hold bond hearings for each of the individuals within 48 hours.

“It does not appear that these cases will be filed anytime soon, as they do not seem to be in the DA’s [district attorney’s] office. So if the DA is indicating they are not ready to proceed, we are going to release these individuals on their own recognizances,” ruled Acosta.

Texas Scorecard previously reported on the riot when it first broke out, sharing Taer’s initial footage of the aliens stampeding through a break in border fencing that guardsmen were attempting to fix.

A National Guard source said authorities confiscated knives and shanks from some of those involved in the riot and at least one alien even attempted to grab a soldier’s firearm during the riot.

Several members of the Guard checked into a nearby hospital for minor injuries.

Gov. Greg Abbott posted on X at the time that the Texas National Guard and Department of Public Safety “quickly regained control & are redoubling the razor wire barriers.”

Abbott also instructed DPS to arrest all illegal aliens involved.

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

The case is pending further review by the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Luca Cacciatore

Luca H. Cacciatore is a journalist for Texas Scorecard. He is an American Moment inaugural fellow and former welder.