Migrants Ditch Visas And Identification Papers In Sea Of Trash Just After Illegal Crossing
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS - MAY 10: In this aerial view, migrants stand in line as they wait to be processed by the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the border from Mexico on May 10, 2023 in Brownsville, Texas. A surge of immigrants is expected with the end of the U.S. government's Covid-era Title 42 policy, which for the past three years has allowed for the quick expulsion of irregular migrants entering the country. More than 29,000 individuals are in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody, including nearly 18,000 in the last 24 hours. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Migrants are reportedly dumping identification papers – including Mexican humanitarian visas — in a sea of trash ditched just after they illegally cross the border into the United States.

Fox News reporter Bill Melugin shared footage captured by a drone camera that showed trash scattered over a wide area along the American side of the U.S.-Mexico border – and noted that visas and other identification papers were scattered among the trash that had been left behind.

“NEW: Stunning footage from our drone team shows an enormous amount of clothing & trash dumped by migrants at the edge of the river after they cross illegally into Brownsville in this spot. Mixed in, you will find IDs/paperwork from around the world, & Mexican humanitarian visas,” Melugin tweeted along with the video.


Melugin joined “America’s Newsroom” anchor Bill Hemmer to discuss the footage and the imminent end of Title 42, which allowed Border Patrol to turn migrants away based on public health concerns related to the COVID pandemic.


“Take a look at this stunning drone footage our team shot right here in Brownsville,” Melugin said as the video played. “An absolutely massive amount of clothing, trash, and rubbish left behind by these migrants after they cross illegally here. This is one of the major hotspots here in Brownsville, everything you’re looking at has accumulated over just a matter of a few days.”

Melugin went on to note that in addition to wet clothes and other trash, a number of the migrants had left behind Mexican humanitarian visas and other identifying documents – documents that would make it easier for American officials to effectively determine who truly qualified for asylum in the U.S. or where migrants should be deported to if they were not allowed to stay.


“Mixed in with all that clothing and trash are also IDs from all around the world, paperwork from around the world, and Mexican humanitarian visas — remember, before they get to our border, they’ve got to get into Mexico first. And Mexico mass-issues them humanitarian visas, allows them to travel through Mexico, they go right to the border with the U.S., and once they cross over, they dump everything.”

Melugin went on to say that there were dozens of similar dump points along the Rio Grande Valley just like the one seeing his team’s footage.

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