Thousands of illegal aliens are flooding north to, and past, Texas’ border with Mexico. Throughout the day on Thursday, they were seen crossing the border south of El Paso without any consequences or resistance from state and local officials.

As federal officials, military personnel, and state law enforcement looked on, illegal aliens brazenly cut through freshly laid razor wire to enter holding areas established by federal officials.

Illegal aliens have cut through the razor wire, installed under orders by Gov. Greg Abbott, in full view of the troopers from the Department of Public Safety.

In El Paso, one young man told Texas Scorecard he had been “bused” through Mexico from El Salvador. He wore new shoes, apparently a gift from one of the groups enabling the flow of illegal aliens once they come into the country. He did not want to answer questions about how his trip was funded. When asked why he came to the U.S., the young man smiled and walked away.

After crossing the border and entering these holding areas, the illegals can be seen queueing up in a fairly orderly fashion—waiting for 15-passenger vans driven by the Border Patrol or other law enforcement agencies to ferry them into the city for processing.

During the day Thursday, migrants—individuals who were not yet in the U.S. illegally—could be seen often running to holding areas. They were not being chased, but rather attempting to get in line ahead of hundreds—possibly tens of thousands—of others coming behind them.

One man explained his firm belief that “Mayorkas” and “Biden” would be ordering all the border gates opened at midnight Eastern time (10 p.m. in El Paso). That belief is apparently shared by many who were coming across on Thursday.

A state trooper from the Houston area assigned temporarily to border duties told Texas Scorecard he was there to “help Border Patrol” in whatever jobs they were assigned—but he made it clear he had not been given permission or orders to do anything else.


Drone view of a holding area established by Border Patrol on the U.S. side of the border. Illegal aliens are not being turned back, but welcomed in.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."