Clive Beckham’s helicopter flies over brush-covered hills with tinted windows and exposed branches. It passes behind a trailer farmhouse where white and light gray Mexican trucks line the driveway. When he flies low over the migrant encampment here in southern West Texas, brown and tan migrant children all bob around him as they play in the jungle-like vegetation and along the dusty, dirt road.
In May, Beckham, a former U.S. Border Patrol agent and supervisor, joined the Charley Sandoval Foundation and its founder, State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, in studying the migrant camp to plan enforcement operations in the area. The Border Patrol will soon deploy helicopters, including Beckham’s, to hunt down migrants.
Hinojosa, a Democrat, is exploring pursuing federal legislation to stop the massive influx of migrants through the Rio Grande Valley. “We’re going to fight as hard as we can,” Hinojosa said. “The U.S. is the nation that invented immigration, and it has a moral obligation to work towards a solution that keeps families together.”
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