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33 Migrants Arrested by Texas Troopers on Ranch near Border

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers assigned to border security duty arrested 33 migrants on state charges of criminal trespass. The troopers, assigned to Operation Lone Star, arrested the migrants on private ranches near the Texas-Mexico border.

Texas DPS troopers arrest 33 migrants on ranches in South Texas under Operation Lone Star. (Texas Department of Public Safety)

Sicarios Dejan Cuerpo Sobre Camioneta Blindada en Nuevo Leon

Un grupo de sicarios en México dejó un cuerpo mutilado encima de una camioneta blindada que había sido incendiada durante un feroz tiroteo cerca de la frontera con Texas. El enfrentamiento es el último de una larga serie de batallas entre el Cartel del Golfo y la facción del Cartel Del Noreste de Los Zetas por el control de las lucrativas rutas de tráfico de drogas y personas hacia Texas.

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30 Migrants Found in Truck, 20 More in Texas Motel near Border

Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents found a group of nearly 30 migrants hiding in the sleeping compartment of a commercial tractor. Agents and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers also teamed up to apprehend more than 20 migrants being warehoused in motel rooms.

Border Patrol agents and Texas DPS troopers find 30 migrants in a failed human smuggling incident. (U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)

WATCH: Hostages Flee from Armed Gunman as Standoff Comes to an End

A video shot by a Dallas ABC news crew shows the final moments of the near 12-hour standoff at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue late Saturday night. The video shows what appears to be the three remaining hostages fleeing out a door followed shortly by a man holding a pistol.

WFAA video shows rescue of three hostages from Congregation Beth Israel. (WFAA Video Screenshot/Josh Stephen)

FBI Frees Hostages at Texas Synagogue — Suspect Dead

A man took four hostages at a Jewish synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, on Saturday morning. After a ten-hour standoff, an FBI Hostage Rescue Team made entry and rescued the three remaining hostages. The FBI confirmed the suspect is dead.

SWAT team members deploy near the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, some 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Dallas, on January 15, 2022. - The SWAT police operation was underway at the synagogue where a man claiming to be the brother of a convicted terrorist has reportedly taken …

Armed Human Smugglers Arrested in Texas After Crash on Railroad Track near Border

A multi-agency effort led to the arrest of two United States citizens accused of smuggling five migrants in remote South Texas. After fleeing a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint, the two smugglers led law enforcement officers on a vehicle pursuit that ended when the truck crashed onto railroad tracks in La Salle County, Texas. After searching the vehicle, officers discovered a loaded handgun.

Human Smugglers crash a Nissan truck on a railroad track while fleeing from law enforcement. (U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)

DHS Cannot Account for 50K Migrants Released in 2021

Data released by the Department of Homeland Security show more than 50,000 migrants released by the agency with instructions to report to ICE once at their desired U.S. location have failed to do so. The Notice to Report (NTR) process was instituted to help the Border Patrol ease detention facility overcrowding in 2021.

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Feds Intercept 176 Haitian Migrants in Sailboat off Florida Coast

A Customs and Border Protection flight crew detected a grossly overloaded vessel 25 miles northeast of Anguilla Cay, Bahamas. The aircrew notified the Coast Guard on Monday night and coordinated a joint interdiction. Personnel onboard the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark intercepted the vessel near Key Largo, Florida, and discovered 176 Haitians aboard.


EXCLUSIVE: Migrant Drowns in Waste Pit near Border in Texas

EAGLE PASS, Texas — A migrant drowned in an abandoned industrial waste pit after attempting to flee Texas Army National Guardsmen. The pit is located near the Rio Grande just south of the city. According to a source within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the migrant submerged and did not resurface on Friday night.

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50 Migrants Found in California Freight Trains near Border

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents in Niland, California, discovered a group of migrants aboard a northbound freight train attempting to bypass the established highway checkpoint. In one event, agents found 26 migrants hiding in the rail cars. Information provided by the group led to the eventual arrest of an additional 16.

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents find migrants on two rail cars near the California border with Mexico. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Se Enfrentan Sicarios y Policías en Ciudad Fronteriza Mexicana

El caos se extendió en una ciudad fronteriza mexicana cuando un grupo de sicarios del Cártel del Golfo se enfrentó a las fuerzas policiales estatales. La mayoría de los pistoleros lograron escapar, sin embargo las autoridades lograron detener a dos de ellos e incautaron dos vehículos y armas.

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