Hundreds of suspected illegal immigrants were spotted strolling along the side of a Texas highway in an area that is battling with record border crossings.
The footage, taken by a law enforcement official and obtained by Fox News, captured the crowd of migrants scattered on the side of the road Thursday in Eagle Pass — just east of the Rio Grande on the Mexican border.
Some could also be seen crouching under nearby trees.
At least one law enforcement vehicle with its lights on had pulled over near the large group.
It wasn’t clear how many, if any, were taken into custody.
Border patrol in the town has been sending roughly 1,000 illegal immigrants a day to a nonprofit called Mission: Border Hope — amid the Biden administration’s rapidly expanding practice of releasing immigrants on parole.
More than 207,000 immigrants who crossed over from Mexico were paroled from August 2021 through May this year, court records showed.
In May alone, more than 50,000 were paroled — a 28% increase from April.
In the previous seven months before August last year, border patrol had only paroled 11 migrants.
Border patrol has cited the lack of space in detention centers to hold the influx of immigrants surging into the US after Biden took office.