DPS Troopers Headed To Texas-Mexico Border

Steven Pickering
February 07, 2019 - 4:25 pm
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DALLAS (KRLD) - The Texas Department of Public Safety is deploying about 500 DPS Troopers to the community of Eagle Pass. The town sits on the US-Mexico border across from Piedras Negras, where a caravan of about 1,800 migrants from Central America has been stopped on the Mexico side of the border.

"I can't tell you we're in any kind of crisis," said Maverick County Judge David Saucedo, "but we will accept the help if they're willing to do that." Judge Saucedo says he had not specifically requested any additional law enforcement presences, but he is ready to work with the DPS. "They're not here to try to harass anybody or give anybody a hard time," he said. "They're actually here in a role to assist any of the federal agencies we have on the border in case things do get out of hand."

Judge Saucedo says the DPS had put a plan into place for deploying troopers after previous migrant caravans made their way north, with an eye on stationing those troopers in the Rio Grande Valley. When the current caravan headed toward Piedras Negras instead, he says the troopers were deployed to his area. 

"They're staying in our hotels, they're eating at our local restaurants and they're leaving some money in the economy," he said. "It helps either way you look at it."

He is also in contact with the Texas National Guard about the possible deployment of between 400 and 600 troops. "They're looking for 20 to 30 acres of our county land where they can set up shop...and possibly have those soldiers just in case we do have any kind of situation."