McCallon, Texas – This is a typical evening for US border patrols in this town bordering northern Mexico. It was also a night full of drama.
Within hours of the southern border on Thursday night, dozens of migrants were detained, clothes and personal belongings left at the immigrant landing site in Rio Grande, and a drone belonging to the cartel appeared to be patrolling the border. Patrol movements.
Reps. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., Kat Commack, R-Fla., And Stephanie Bais, R-Okla., Members of the National Border Patrol Council share their experiences with Fox News Digital Overnight base on the southern border.
As soon as the tour began at 10:30 p.m., Border Patrol radio frequencies reported that officers had pulled someone out of Rio Grande. A few minutes later, the radios turned off again, warning that different people had been detained near Burger King, a few hundred yards from the border.
Then, just before 11pm, several Border Patrol vehicles and officers stopped near a section of the border wall to detain a large group of about 40 immigrants. Immigrants were given masks and lined up in front of them to be taken to a nearby processing center.
Kammak said the group was no closer than the largest group he had seen on previous border visits.
At another stop on the tour, south of the border wall off the coast of Rio Grande, members of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) spotted red and green flashing lights on the Mexican border.
NBPC officials said the lights came from a cartel drone. They said the drones used by the cartels to monitor the movements of Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies and to guide people crossing every night were a common sight.
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At another stop, members of the Texas National Guard found a group of 11 immigrants passing through a brush, in which a teenage girl spoke eloquent English and explained her story to members of Congress.
“She’s actually from Honduras, she has actually lived in the US with her aunt in Tennessee for almost five years and her goal is to be reunited with her aunt in Tennessee,” Bice said of his conversation with the girl.
“Her parents, from what we can say ారు crossed the border at some point,” Bice added. “They’re back in Honduras, but they seem to have been deported … she says she’re trekked with a relative who broke up with her, it feels like today. And she felt very comfortable with the process. She did not seem uncomfortable or scared to bring papers to know what to do.”
Kammak added, “It’s clear – and this is part of what the cartels do – they handle logistics from beginning to end, here’s what you expect. Here are the papers you need to bring.
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Comac said the girl confidently explained that she would be in Tennessee with her aunt in two or three days and that she had already been told about the processing protocols.
“I can not tell you how many Border Patrol agents have told me over the past year and a half … the cartels know the policies and protocols better than we do,” Kammak said. “And they use it to their advantage …. What we’ve seen now is really unaccompanied child trafficking on behalf of cartels run by the United States government.”
Cammack, Bice, Donalds and Fox News Digital then saw a group of immigrants at a secondary processing center.
Representatives from the National Border Patrol Council showed members of Congress and Fox News Digital a typical landing area for immigrants crossing the Rio Grande near McAllen.
The area was littered with personal belongings left by immigrants, including deodorant, toothpaste tubes, shirts and bras.
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Representatives of the National Border Patrol Council said the authorities’ ability to catch the real culprits was being undermined by the constant processing of waves of migrants crossing the border.
“At the beginning of the shift, we were actually at 50%. Fifty percent were inside,” said Chris Cabrera, a spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council, a processing facility that manages immigrants and “50% scheduled to go into the field.”
“That 50% ratio starts the day, however, by two or three hours on the shift, we’re down to about 40%, 30%, 25% on the field, because the boys are called to take someone to the hospital, to help. Out processing,” he continued. “So our numbers are declining.”
According to Customs and Border Protection, authorities encountered a record nearly 240,000 people crossing the southern border.