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A U.S. trucker has posted a video on YouTube in which he pulls up to a U.S. border checkpoint in Texas and gets cleared to pass through after receiving a shocking answer to his very simple question.
"How you doing? U.S. Border Patrol. How many people on board?" the agent donning dark sunglasses asks trucker Travis Pope in the video shot July 29.
Pope, of Dayton, Texas, tells the agent he's alone in the truck.
"U.S. citizen?" asks the agent.
"Yeah, but does it really matter?" Pope then asks.
"Not anymore, unfortunately. Thank you," the agent says as he shakes his head and walks away from the truck, allowing Pope to drive through the checkpoint.
The incident was captured on I-CAM video glasses, meaning the agent was likely not aware he was being recorded.
The Sierra Blanca station in Texas along I-10 is an interior checkpoint that controls drug and human trafficking coming in from Mexico.
Sara Malendez, a press officer for the U.S. Border Protection to whom WND was referred about the incident, responded with an automated email message saying she would be out of the office until Aug. 11.
In a testament to the type of criminal elements that are coming through the borders in south Texas, a triple homicide occurred in McAllen, Texas, over the weekend near the border, and police reported a live grenade was left at the scene.
The McAllen Police Department had its explosives unit defuse the grenade, which it believes came across the border with drug smugglers.
Meanwhile, Breitbart Texas reported Monday that of the 30,000 unaccompanied children that have been dumped into Texas, Virginia, California and other states, at least four were sent to the a posh vacation spot in the Virgin Islands, a place most Americans could never afford to visit.
At least three people have entered the U.S. from African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak, according to a new report.
The government announced Monday that the number of illegal, unaccompanied children approaching the border had slowed in the last couple of weeks, and it plans to close temporary shelters set up on military bases in Texas, California and Oklahoma.
But those bases could reopen later this fall, when the numbers of illegals coming into the country typically pick up with the arrival of cooler weather.
Since Oct. 1, more than 57,000 unaccompanied children, mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, have been caught crossing the Mexican border illegally.
Last month the Homeland Security Department reported that the number of child immigrants crossing the border alone had started to decline, from as many as 2,000 each week in June to about 500 each week in mid-July. Administration officials said at the time that multiple factors likely contributed to the decline.
The number of people caught crossing the border illegally typically declines during the hottest summer months.
Administration officials have said as many 90,000 child immigrants could cross the border by the end of the budget year in September.
The children are immediately turned over the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and are given a notice to appear at a deportation hearing, usually scheduled for a year or more later.
Federal law does not require that illegal aliens, regardless of their age, get court-appointed lawyers to represent them. However, many are provided with a free attorney by religious charities that are receiving federal grants to help resettle immigrant children. The Oregonian reported Saturday that a coalition of immigration rights groups was seeking to block deportation hearings in Washington state until the illegals are provided legal representation.