Texas reclaims three islands in the Rio Grande to stem flow of migrants ... trends now

Texas reclaims three islands in the Rio Grande to stem flow of migrants ... trends now
Texas reclaims three islands in the Rio Grande to stem flow of migrants ... trends now

Texas reclaims three islands in the Rio Grande to stem flow of migrants ... trends now

Texas has absorbed 215 acres of land in the Rio Grande in an attempt to stop migrants and gang members from creeping over the border.

The Texas General Land Office announced in April that state troopers could clear out two islands near Eagle Pass.

Five months later, Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham added another in Fronton as part of Operation Flat Top.

Texas pointed to old maps to claim the islands had always been part of the Lone Star State.

Fronton Island is the largest, measuring about 170 acres. Once full of lush greenery, it has been stripped to dirt and lined with barbed wire in the past week.

Texas has absorbed a combined 215 acres of land in the Rio Grande to curb illegal immigration, the largest being Fulton Island at 170 acres (pictured)

Texas has absorbed a combined 215 acres of land in the Rio Grande to curb illegal immigration, the largest being Fulton Island at 170 acres (pictured)

Two smaller islands were also absorbed in Eagle Pass (pictured)

Two smaller islands were also absorbed in Eagle Pass (pictured) 

Migrants wait for a bus to take them to a processing center after turning themselves over to U.S. Border Patrol in Fronton, Texas

Migrants wait for a bus to take them to a processing center after turning themselves over to U.S. Border Patrol in Fronton, Texas

'Fronton Island, known as the single most dangerous spot on the southern border, is cleared to patrol,' Buckingham tweeted on November 1.

'Our Texas law enforcement is working day and night to protect our state and its people from the hazardous effects of mass illegal immigration.' 

Lieutenant Chris Olivarez told News 4 San Antonio that the reclaimed islands were mostly used for illegal border crossings.

'We see the influx of illegal immigrants coming across, they would use those pieces of land as a refuge,' he said.

Not just Mexican migrants, either. Data from the Department of Homeland Security showed that thousands of Chinese migrants illegally crossed the Rio Grande, by way of Mexico, in 2023.

The request for Texas to seize the islands had

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