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Dozens of migrants were found hiding in a broken down tractor-trailer on a Texas highway on Friday morning a long distance from the southern border, authorities said.
The 18-wheeler was found just before 7:30 a.m. on the side of State Route 59 near Ganado, about 100 miles southwest of Houston, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said. When deputies opened the truck, they found dozens of migrants inside. Several ran and fled on foot.
Some were apprehended in nearby brush and cornfields.
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Authorities believe 70 to 100 migrants were held inside. By noon, 46 had been taken into custody. Several were taken to Jackson County Hospital for dehydration and minor injuries.
As of Friday afternoon, authorities were still searching the area for other migrants.
The discovery comes as Texas continues to take an aggressive approach to securing its portion of the US-Mexico border.
Last week, Governor Greg Abbott announced that nearly $500 million would be redirected from other state agencies to fund Operation Lone Star through the end of the year. The program is a joint mission between soldiers and National Guard soldiers with the state Department of Public Safety.
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“Texas won’t sit on the sidelines because President Biden continue to turn a blind eye to the crisis on our southern border,” Abbott said in an April 29 statement.