Fox News reports a tragic scene unfolded this afternoon near the Texas-Mexican border as "12 people were ejected from an SUV carrying illegal immigrants after it crashed following a high-speed chase with U.S. Border Patrol vehicles".
Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd says the SUV went out of control at more than 100 miles per hour and overturned on Texas Highway 85, ejecting those inside.
Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd told KSAT that the chase reached speeds of about 100 miles per hour. People from both vehicles were arrested, according to the statement.
The driver is now in custody with Homeland Security Investigations, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
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Boyd credited "good police work" for the reason why deputies started pursuing the vehicle adding that Boyd said human smuggling was a "real problem" in the area. During a press conference, Boy said 14 people were in the vehicle, including the driver and passenger. The passenger who was not ejected from the auto also was believed to be an American citizen, and in custody.
The deadly crash comes as the United States grapples with a swirling crisis over illegal immigration that has seen almost 2,000 children separated from their parents over a recent six-week period. "This is a ideal example of why our borders need to be secure".
This SUV was packed with undocumented immigrants as it crashed trying to escape border patrol. Images from the scene showed the SUV badly wrecked in the middle of the road. "We've seen this many many times, not only in this county but in other counties along the border".