Conflicting reports are emerging over a Texas National Guard soldier who went missing following a “mission-related incident” on the U.S.-Mexico border. Fox News reported the soldier had drowned while rescuing migrants in the river, and that a body had been recovered.
However, the Texas Military Department sent this statement directly to Sara Carter:
A Texas Army National Guard Soldier assigned to Operation Lone Star has gone missing along the river during a mission related incident, Friday April 22, 2022 in Eagle Pass, Texas. The Soldier has not been found. We are aware of reports of a fatality, although those reports are inaccurate. The Texas Military Department, Texas DPS and Border Patrol are working rapidly to find the Soldier. More details will be released as they become available.
National Review reports “There have been several recent reports of migrants struggling to cross the Rio Grande due to the strong currents and high winds. Two North Dakota Army National Guardsmen were recognized last week after they rescued a group of migrants attempting to swim across the Rio Grande.”
The reports come as Border Patrol agents have been overwhelmed with an influx of migration at the border, prompting many, including Democrats, to urge President Biden not to rescind Title 42 next month.
Title 42 was implemented as a safeguard against the novel coronavirus pandemic and has allowed border agents to immediately expel migrants who cross the border illegally. Without a proper plan in place, Republicans and an increasing number of Democrats say ending the measure will enhance the already overwhelming crisis of migrant crossings.
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At a recent rally in Iowa, former President Donald Trump promised that if elected again in 2024, he would invoke the Alien Enemies Act to enable widespread deportation of migrants who have illegally entered the United States. Since President Joe Biden took office in January of 2021, over 6 million people have illegally entered the country.
Republican Representative Andy Biggs from border state Arizona, which is among the states suffering the greatest consequences from the Biden administration policies, lamented that Trump’s suggestion will be “necessary.”
Speaking on the “Just the News, No Noise” television show, Biggs stated “[I]t’s actually gonna have to be necessary.” Biggs then added his thoughts on how many more people will continue to cross the border under Biden: “Because by the time Trump gets back in office, you will have had over 10 million, in my opinion, over 10 million illegal aliens cross our border and come into the country, under the Biden regime.”
“And so when you start deporting people, and removing them from this country, what that does is that disincentivizes the tens of thousands of people who are coming,” Biggs went on. “And by the way, everyday down in Darién Gap, which is in Panama… over 5,000 people a day. [I] talk[ed] to one of my sources from the gap today. And I will just tell you, those people that you’ve seen come come in to Eagle Pass, over 7,000 in a three day period, most of those two weeks ago, were down crossing into the Darién Gap.”
“And those people… make their way up and they end up in the Eagle Pass [Texas], Del Rio area,” he continued. “So if you want to disincentivize them, you remove them from the country, which is why they remain in Mexico policy was so doggone effective at slowing down illegal border crossings.”
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