Texas National Guard Seizes Control Of Park In Eagle Pass, Prohibits Federal Border Patrol Agents From Entering
Earlier this week, the Texas National Guard took control of Shelby Park in Eagle Pass, a city property where mass illegal crossings have been occurring.
They are restricting Border Patrol from accessing the area, claiming that federal agents “perpetuate illegal crossings.”
Two US officials confirmed the move to CBS News, which reported that Border Patrol agents had “used the park in recent weeks to hold migrants in an outdoor staging area before they are transported for further processing, including last month, when illegal crossings soared to record levels.”
“They are denying entry to Border Patrol agents to conduct our duties,” one official told the network, adding that they are not sure “what authority (Texas officials) have over the federal government.”
Texas National Guard Blocking Border Patrol
The Texas Military Department has confirmed that the National Guard has deployed armed soldiers and vehicles to block federal government access to the park in Eagle Pass.
Texas informed federal officials that no Border Patrol agents would be allowed to enter Shelby Park in any operational capacity.
Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins posted a video showing BP agents being prevented from entering the area.
NEW: Exclusive video of TX National Guard denying BP agents access to Shelby Park in Eagle Pass, TX – a major BP area of operation. BP sources say this tactic has had no impact on migrant flow and ultimately migrants are still turned over to BP adding extra steps @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/M8BdZrSGC4— Griff Jenkins (@GriffJenkins) January 12, 2024
“The current posture is to prepare for future illegal immigrant surges and to restrict access to organizations that perpetuate illegal immigrant crossings in the park and greater Eagle Pass area,” a statement from the Texas Military Department reads.
They’re accusing the federal government of aiding and abetting illegal immigrants from entering the country.
It’s clear the Texas National Guard disagrees with that assertion, taking matters into its own hands.
This Isn’t The First Clash Between Texas And The Feds
This isn’t the first time the Texas National Guard got into a dispute with Biden’s Border Patrol agents, and it likely won’t be the last.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott was furious after seeing video of Border Patrol agents opening a gate at the southern border and allowing dozens of illegal immigrants into the country after Texas National Guard officers had locked it shut.
The incident took place in August of 2022.
Abbott described the footage as “unbelievable.”
In May of 2023, stunning video footage showed a United States Army soldier reportedly opening a gate and allowing a large crowd of illegal immigrants across the border onto private property in Texas.
That incident took place in the same location in Eagle Pass, Texas.
The Political Insider recently covered social media videos showing a sea of illegal immigrants numbering in the thousands waiting to be “processed” in Eagle Pass.
There were 302,000 encounters along the southwest border in December, marking the highest monthly total ever recorded as Biden’s border crisis rages on.
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