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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) responded to a video showing a U.S. Border Patrol cutting through razor wire reportedly on private property to let illegal aliens into Texas by saying that the individuals were “subject to U.S. immigration laws.”
Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin shared a video on Friday of the incident, which he said occurred on private property, according to officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“It is a federal responsibility to enforce U.S. immigration laws. U.S. Border Patrol continues to enforce U.S. immigration laws,” CBP said in a statement. “The individuals had already crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico, were on U.S. soil, and are subject to U.S. immigration laws. Individuals who cross unlawfully will be subject to the lawful pathways rule, which places common-sense conditions on asylum eligibility, with certain exceptions. Those who do not establish a legal basis to remain in the United States will be removed.”
Melugin said on Friday that the video that he posted came from a source in Eagle Pass and showed “Border Patrol cutting through razor wire placed by the state of TX to allow migrants to enter & be processed after crossing illegally.”
“[The Texas Department of Public Safety] tells me this is the first time they know of this happening, and that it’s being looked into for potential destruction of TX property,” he said. “The federal government’s position is that once migrants are on U.S. soil, under U.S. law, they need to be processed, and cannot be repelled or turned away.”
“Texas is taking a much different approach, and has been physically blocking migrants under orders from Governor @GregAbbott_TX . TXDPS tells me the location this video was shot at is private property, and that they have permission from the owner to lay down razor wire and arrest migrants for criminal trespassing,” he continued.
Melugin noted that the Border Patrol agent in the video is “likely just doing what he’s been told – but this will likely lead to more friction between TX & the Feds, who have drastically different approaches at the border.”
NEW: Video from source in Eagle Pass shows Border Patrol cutting through razor wire placed by the state of TX to allow migrants to enter & be processed after crossing illegally. @TxDPS tells me this is the first time they know of this happening, and that it’s being looked into… pic.twitter.com/jESPbzj9sw
— Bill Melugin (@BillMelugin_) June 30, 2023