There is now widespread outrage as a new video has surfaced showing a U.S. border patrol agent cutting razor wire to allow illegal migrants to swim ashore and enter the country illegally, the Western Journal reported.
The video was posted on Twitter by Fox News reporter Bill Melugin, which shows the Eagle Pass border guard helping migrants up and over the razor wire. The Biden administration’s current policy on immigration forbids the turning away of migrants that set foot on American soil, regardless of their legal status. This means that even if someone is undocumented, once they set foot on American soil, they have to be processed.
The Texas Department of Safety told Mellugin that this is the first instance of border agents helping undocumented migrants that they have seen, and are currently looking into the matter on the potential grounds of destruction of private property. The location that the video was filmed in was private property, in which the owner gave the state permission to lay down razor wire for border control purposes.
Melugin also noted that this is likely not an instance of a rogue border agent, but rather him doing what he’s been told. The Western Journal noted that this is sure to cause more tension between Texas safety officials and federal authorities regarding border control. Under orders from Texas Governor Gregg Abbott, state authorities have been blocking migrants from entering into the state, which is sure to conflict with the Biden administration’s open border stance on immigration.
Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) took to Twitter, declaring that the Biden administration is “now destroying Texas property” in the name of its open-border policies. He added that “Texas must respond.”
Melugin later reported the federal government’s side of the story, which said in a statement that the border patrol agent helped migrants access the border in a matter “consistent with federal law.” The statement said that the migrants had already crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico, and that because they were on U.S. soil, they were subject to the “lawful pathways” rule, which supposedly places “common-sense” conditions on potential grants to asylum.