The search continues for a 22-year-old Texas National Guardsman who is still missing after witnesses say he jumped into the Rio Grande on Friday morning in an attempt to save the lives of two individuals who were crossing the river into the United States.
On Sunday, Fox News’ Bill Melguin tweeted, “The TX National Guard soldier who is presumed to have drowned in the Rio Grande on Friday has been identified as 22-year-old Specialist Bishop E. Evans from Arlington, TX.”
Melugin reported that the migrants Evans attempted to save were allegedly drug traffickers.
“His body still hasn’t been found, & TX Rangers say the people he tried to save were drug smuggler,” Melugin added.
Melugin also shared photos of Evans, courtesy of his family:
Fox 4 added that authorities said “both migrants he was trying to save made it to shore and were taken into custody by the Border Patrol.”
Evans was stationed at the border as part of Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s “Operation Lone Star,” which began in March 2021 when the governor ordered the National Guard and other authorities to Texas’s southern border to combat the rising tide of illegal immigration under the Biden administration.
“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration,” Abbott said in March 2021. “Texas supports legal immigration but will not be an accomplice to the open border policies that cause, rather than prevent, a humanitarian crisis in our state and endanger the lives of Texans.”
“We will surge the resources and law enforcement personnel needed to confront this crisis,” Abbott added, as reported by The Daily Wire.
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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