Texas border constable: Illegal influx on upswing again; most ‘other than Mexican’

Texas border constable: Illegal influx on upswing again; most ‘other than Mexican’

The constable for Hidalgo County Precinct 3 said Anzalduas Park is starting to get busy again. He said this may be a sign of what is to come.

Anzalduas Park was quiet on Thursday. No illegal crossers were in sight while CHANNEL 5 NEWS cameras were there. Lawmen assigned to patrol said the scene is different when the sun goes down.

Precinct 3 Constable Larry Gallardo said in the last three months, he has caught more than 200 illegals. “It’s slowly increasing. One day, there may not be anything, another day it may be a lot, you know. Once the sun goes down, it seems like the smugglers are just bringing them across. Sometimes, we’ll have groups of 20 or groups of 10, but you know if you add them all up within a week’s period of time, all of us at every level of law enforcement. If you add all those numbers, it’s probably 500, 600, 700 coming across,” he said. …

“It’s our job to keep them out of our park because you never know. You never know who’s going to come pick them up. Basically, if we’re able to detain them and turn them over to Border Patrol, it keeps them from going into the stash houses that are north of here and being kidnapped, ransomed, or being raped. … So, those are our concerns,” he said.

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Gallardo said his deputy constables are mostly coming across OTMs or other than Mexicans. Many are from China and Brazil.

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