18-year-old Esteban Cantu Jr. is in custody and facing felony charges of human smuggling and evading arrest, local media and Fox News reported. Border agents and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers were pursuing Cantu when the crash took place.
Cantu, an American citizen, is likely to face additional charges in the deaths of the two women, who were residents of Mission. The suspect was reportedly set to be arraigned on Monday.
The teenager is accused of smuggling six illegal aliens into Texas. The victims of the crash were a 59-year-old mother and 22-year-old daughter, both of whom were in the vehicle policy say Cantu hit.
The Texan has reached out to Hidalgo County authorities for more information on the charges Cantu could be facing.
Commenting on the incident, Republican Lt. Governor Dan Patrick blamed President Biden and Vice President Harris for the deaths because they “refuse to secure the border.”
“Both were killed yesterday morning when a smuggler with 7 illegal immigrants in his SUV slammed into their car killing the innocent mother and daughter while the smuggler evaded Border Patrol,” Patrick tweeted.
In October, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported there were 19,400 enforcement encounters with single adult illegal aliens in the Rio Grande Valley sector. There were also 18,956 encounters with family units and 6,968 arrests of unaccompanied children. CBP has not yet published its operational update for November.
The federal government is currently in the process of reinstating the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the “remain in Mexico” policy, which requires many illegal aliens to return to Mexico while they await their day in court to claim asylum.
Opponents of the Biden administration continue to attribute crime near the border and high levels of illegal immigration to poor policymaking on the part of Biden and Harris. The White House has contended that it is seeking policies that are more humane than those of the Trump administration.
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Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."