Two male migrants were hit and one was killed by a border patrol vehicle tracking fresh fingerprints on known smuggling traffic in southern Texas authorities, it was announced on Saturday.
Border Patrol Agents (BPA) near Kingsville, Texas, tracked footprints through tall grass and vegetation on foot and by vehicle on Thursday when they found two separate groups of migrants.
A third group reportedly appeared after burying themselves in tall grass to inform authorities that two men had been run over by one of the vehicles.
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One of the injured migrants directed authorities to the other wounded man from Honduras, “at that time an emergency medical technician from the BPA (EMT) was immediately present at the migrants,”
An air ambulance was called for one of the migrants, who was taken to a hospital in Harlingen, Texas, where he was released later that day after medical staff determined he had not been seriously injured. The second injured man succumbed to his injuries.
“The initial investigation showed that the BPA was not aware that someone was leveling the grass, nor did they know that someone had been run over by a vehicle until they were informed by a migrant,” CBP said.
Migration points along the southern border of the United States have tripled almost three times since last year, with more than 550,000 border encounters, according to CBP data, most of whom are single adults.
The Biden administration has come under serious criticism from Republicans on the hill, who believe that President Biden’s promise to reverse Trump-era immigration policies has led to increased mass migration.
Immigrants trying to cross the border illegally still have to stay in Mexico or their country of origin while awaiting asylum proceedings under Title 42 during the coronavirus pandemic.
But the Biden administration is trying to enforce a humanitarian exemption to circumvent the order introduced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March 2020, which will allow vulnerable migrants to wait for asylum hearings in the United States.
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While single adults and family units are still expelled from the United States during this time, unaccompanied children are currently being held in facilities run by CBP and Health and Human Services (HHS).
Unaccompanied underage arrivals increased by 163 percent, with more than 47,600 arrivals this year compared to nearly 18,100 unaccompanied children who arrived at that time last year.