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VIDEO: 22 illegal immigrants escape pickup truck in TX traffic stop

Ford F-250 (Brett Levin/Wikicommons)
March 26, 2019

Texas police pulled over a white Ford F-250 on Friday that came back as stolen and when they did, people started pouring out of it.

Within a mere 11 seconds, 22 illegal immigrants bailed out of that one pickup truck in Encino, Texas. The whole thing was captured on dash cam from the officer’s cruiser and posted to Facebook to show the pandemonium that law enforcement faces regularly in areas adjacent to the border.

This incident occurred on Highway 281, just 60 minutes away from the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Facebook post attached to the video stated, “Brooks County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a White Ford F-250 that came back stolen. After a brief pursuit the vehicle bailout [occurred] in Encino, TX.”

Once the vehicle pulled over and came to a stop, it then sped off sporadically and ended up in a field before coming to a stop again.

This was when the 22 passengers exited the vehicle and took off running, jumping over a fence. All but one of the passengers was male.

Law enforcement said that there were rows built in the bed of the pickup that were constructed from chipboard to allow the immigrants to stack up in rows to fit more in concealment.

In the comment section of the Facebook post, one user sarcastically wrote, “Remember, there are no problems on our borders.”

Earlier this month, Customs and Border Protection released statistics for Feb. 2019 reporting that more undocumented immigrants had crossed the southern border than in the past 12 years, NBC News reported.

Approximately 76,000 undocumented immigrants attempted to enter the U.S. in February alone, but were stopped or apprehended by CBP.

February also saw more immigrants trying to cross illegally between ports of entry than those who tried to gain access legally. In fact, illegal entries made up a staggering 87 percent of the attempts thwarted by CBP. Of those trying to cross illegally, 65 percent were unaccompanied children and families.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said, “there was a 120 percent increase in immigrants claiming asylum between fiscal year 2017 and 2018. And so far in fiscal year 2019, which began Oct. 1, there has been a 90 percent increase compared to the previous year.”

Also in February, President Donald Trump also declared a national emergency on the southern border with plans to divert money from the Department of Defense to pay for a border wall.

On Monday, the DOD transferred $1 billion to fund the construction of 57 miles of border wall.