Photos of the three men were posted Thursday on Twitter by Gloria Chavez, chief border patrol agent for the El Paso sector.
‘Smuggler tactics!’ the agent wrote in her tweet. ‘People enter illegally into #USA, will often use extraordinary tactics to evade detection & arrest. Kudos to #ElPaso Sector #Santateresa agents for interdicting 3 migrants wearing #ghillie suits to blend into the southern #NewMexico desert terrain.’
Agents have already apprehended migrants more than 2 million times in fiscal year 2022
The Santa Teresa, New Mexico area, a suburb of El Paso, Texas has seen a 60 percent spike in migrant arrests
The photos show the three men, whose faces have been blurred, wearing the droopy suits that match the sand around them. A Border Patrol agent in a cowboy hat on horseback stands guard over them.
In another shot, the men sit on the sandy ground, looking dejected after being caught.
Ghillie suits, which where invented in Scotland, can be used by hunters to avoid the detection of prey or military snipers to blend in with the surrounding landscape.
The El Paso sector has seen a 60% spike in apprehensions of migrants trying to cross into the US illegally.
The men were caught in Santa Teresa, N.M., a suburb of the border town of El Paso, Texas with a population of 4,258.
So far this fiscal year, border agents at the southern border have apprehended migrants trying to pass illegally at least two million times.
CBP sources told Fox News that the migrant encounters hit 2,001,034 this weekend, with the majority of the fourth quarter left to go. That figure does not include the number of migrants who successfully evaded arrest.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) administrator Anne Milgram issued a dire warning Friday that cartels are ‘killing Americans with fentanyl at rates never seen before’
Customs and Border agents are seizing thousands of pounds each year of fentanyl making its way into the US
It comes after the agency released figures for July that showed encounters reaching below 200,000 for the first month since February. It was also the second consecutive month that saw a decline in encounters following four months in a row of increases.
At this point last year, encounter figures were at 1,277,177 – more than 700,000 less than the same point this year.
Meanwhile, buses full of migrants continue to offload at New York City’s Port Authority on Wednesday as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott goes forward with an initiative sending illegal immigrants out of his state to major US cities.
So far, Abbott has sent at least 6,000 migrants to Washington, D.C. and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has sent at least 1,000 migrants out of his state by bus to the nation’s capital.
NYC Mayor Eric Adams and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser have decried Abbott’s efforts, which began in mid-April.
There’s more than just migrants crossing at the border, though.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Anne Milgram issued a dire warning Friday that cartels are ‘killing Americans with fentanyl at rates never seen before.
‘There are two cartels in Mexico, the Sinoloa cartel and the El Jalisco cartel, that are killing Americans with fentanyl at catastrophic and record rates like we have never seen before,’ she said, adding that cartels had become more aggressive than they’d been in years past.
‘Those cartels are acting with calculated, deliberate treachery to get fentanyl to the United States and to get people to buy it — through fake pills, through other drugs, through any means.’
‘The whole world of drugs has changed,’ she added.
In the past year, there have been over 107,000 drug overdoses in the US, 70% of those tied to fentanyl.
In the first nine months of 2022, border agents in San Diego and Imperial counties alone seized over 5,000 pounds of fentanyl.
‘Mexican cartels are increasingly manufacturing fentanyl for distribution and sale in the United States Precursors are imported from China and other countries and then pressed into pills, powder or mixed into other drugs at massive, industrial-scale labs,’ the Department of Justice warned in a public statement on August 12.
Meanwhile, migrants have gotten more creative at evading arrest, as Border Patrol agents in New Mexico arrested three dressed in camouflage dried grass suits to blend in with the local terrain.
US Border Patrol Sector Chief Gloria Chavez credited the migrants for their ‘ghillie suits,’ saying in a tweet that people use ‘extraordinary tactics to evade and detect arrest.’