Fox News has obtained images displaying men suspected to be cartel gunmen, armed with rifles and body armor, illegally crossing the U.S. southern border in Texas. Despite the deployment of Border Patrol agents, the men were not found. This event follows another recent incident in Texas, where an armed smuggler was spotted leading a group of illegal immigrants. The situation has raised concerns about border security, especially in light of increasing migrant numbers.
- Images obtained by Fox News depict three suspected cartel gunmen crossing the U.S. southern border in Texas, equipped with rifles and body armor.
- Border Patrol agents, including a tactical unit, were dispatched to the location but found no trace of the individuals. Five suspected members of the Northeast Cartel were arrested in the same area in June.
- Just days before, an armed smuggler was seen guiding a group of illegal immigrants across the Rio Grande in Texas; he successfully returned to Mexico.
- While most migrants crossing the border do not have criminal records, the large influx has raised concerns about potential criminal activity, fueling political debate.
- The border has seen fluctuating migrant numbers, with a decline following the end of Title 42 in May, but recent reports suggest a 30% increase in July. The Biden administration is taking measures to reduce reliance on smugglers and expand lawful pathways for migrants.