Video: Texas Reporter Watches 300 Migrants Cross Border in Six Hours
A Texas reporter in the Rio Grande Valley took her camera to Rincon Village and witnessed approximately 300 migrants crossing the border and turning themselves in to Border Patrol agents. The crossings occurred Tuesday night between 6 p.m. and midnight.
KGBT CBS4 Reporter Sydney Hernandez traveled to the Texas border at Rincon Village Wednesday night at about 6 p.m. The deserted area on the banks of the Rio Grande is a well-known border crossing area. During the next six hours, Hernandez sent out a series of tweets capturing the images of migrants walking up the dirt roads from the border river where human smugglers cross them at will. The migrant walk up to the first Border Patrol agent or other law enforcement officers they can find and turn themselves in.
#BORDERNEWS Groups continue to turn themselves into Border Patrol agents at Texas Mexico Border near Sullivan City. More updates to follow. #Immigration #BorderReport #bordercrisis pic.twitter.com/PWQYwgscvr— Sydney Hernandez (@SydneyKGBT) July 11, 2019
The groups started out small, Hernandez told Breitbart News on Thursday. She said she witnessed 20 in the first group, 38 in the second, “then 40, then 50, then about 150.” During the six-hour stretch, the counted about 298 migrants who illegally crossed the border from Mexico.
#BORDERNEWS 10:55 PM Update. We’re at Rincon Village. Very close to Mission, TX. Same area as a previous update but these are completely new people. A totally new group of 50+. As I tweet this there are more coming up to meet this group and approach Border Patrol. #Immigration pic.twitter.com/k1Gw5UaKHF— Sydney Hernandez (@SydneyKGBT) July 11, 2019
#BORDERNEWS WATCH THIS 12:00AM UPDATE The group you saw in the last update has now turned into about 150 people. One woman just had gastric bypass and will need to get checked out by EMT. More are still walking up near Rincon. Buses leaving. #Immigation #Texas #RGV #BorderReports pic.twitter.com/IUImtYPwEz— Sydney Hernandez (@SydneyKGBT) July 11, 2019
Hernandez said she interviewed several of the migrants. Most she spoke with said they were here to claim asylum, but many told her they came for economic reasons.
“One woman I spoke to said she came for a better job opportunity,” the KGBT reporter explained. “A 16-year-old traveling alone said she came because she wants to go to school.”
She explained that nearly all of the migrants she saw crossing the border were family units. “We only saw a handful of single males,” Hernandez stated.
#BORDERNEWS I’m so sorry these updates are coming out a bit delayed on time due to the lack of signal out here. But this is exactly what is happening just after 12:30 AM on the border. #BorderReports #JustFacts #Immigration pic.twitter.com/BWc2wsrDQg— Sydney Hernandez (@SydneyKGBT) July 11, 2019
#BORDERNEWS FINAL UPDATE: Thanks for watching these super short informal clips of what’s happening on the Texas Mexico Border. This is what it looks like just feet from the Rio Grande while the rest of the world is sleeping. Next shift of agents just showed up. #BorderReport #RGV pic.twitter.com/xFpiWEjmA3— Sydney Hernandez (@SydneyKGBT) July 11, 2019
During the month of June, Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents apprehended 43,197 migrants — an average of 1,440 per day — according to the most recent Southwest Border Migration Report released Wednesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Of those, agents identified 30,165 as Family Unit Aliens, 3,903 as Unaccompanied Alien Children and 9,129 as single adults.