Texas Rangers Say 'Migrants' a Nat'l Guardsman Died Trying to Save Were Actually Drug Traffickers

Brittany M. Hughes | April 25, 2022
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After a National Guardsman is believed to have drowned in the Rio Grande attempting to save illegal aliens crossing the Rio Grande, law enforcement has confirmed that the so-called "migrants" in the river were drug traffickers.

Adding insult to senseless injury, the two people that National Guard SPC. Bishop E. Evans was trying to save when he disappeared were involved in "illicit transnational narcotics trafficking" at the time of the incident, according to Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin, who cited Texas Rangers. Both are in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Evans disappeared into the current Friday after jumping in to help two struggling people in the water. Search and rescue teams are still trying to recover Evans' body, with little to no hope of find him alive.

"The search for the missing TMD soldier will continue until we have exhausted all available resources," the Texas Military Dept. said in a statement. "The Texas Military Department is thankful to all interagency partners for their continued support in this operation to locate our missing soldier. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family of the soldier."

The tragedy comes amid a massive wave of illegal immigration at the Southwest U.S. border, which, along with unprecedented waves of "migrants" attempting to get into the United States, also provides great cover for drug runners and smugglers able to get across the border unimpeded as border agents are busy dealing with unmanageable numbers of families and children.

More than 1 million illegal aliens have been apprehended at the Southwest U.S. border since October 1 of last year, with half the fiscal year still remaining. More than 1.7 million were caught in FY2021.

Those numbers are only expected to increase as the Biden administration prepares to lift Title 42 - a Trump-era immigration policy allowing for the immediate deportation of many migrants after they're caught - at the end of May