New Mexico school near southern border goes into lockdown twice in one week after illegal immigrants hide on campus

Gadsden Independent School District Superintendent Travis Dempsey said the first incident occurred on March 20, with the second taking place on March 27.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

Santa Teresa Middle School, which lies around 5 miles away from the US-Mexico border in New Mexico, has been the site of illegal immigrants hiding on school grounds twice in one week.

According to KFOX 14, Gadsden Independent School District Superintendent Travis Dempsey said the first incident occurred on March 20, with the second taking place on March 27.

In the March 20 incident, Santa Teresa Middle School Principal Danielle Rodriguez used the school’s safety app "rave panic button" to report suspicious activity, according to Newsweek

Officials said a group of illegal immigrants entered the southern section of the school’s campus, with a "secure" status being implemented with the orders to "get inside and lock outside doors."

The situation was eventually deemed safe, and police allocated two officers to remain on campus.

"We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the US Border Patrol agents and the officers of the Sunland Park Police Department for their swift and professional response to this situation," the district said. "Thanks to their efforts, the safety and security of our students and staff were maintained throughout the incident."

Dempsey told KFOX 14 that in the second incident, the campus was placed into secure mode for around 20 minutes, and six illegal immigrants were apprehended by Border Patrol agents.

"It is concerning and it does at some level interrupt our educational process when we do things of this nature."

Refugio Corrales, a Customs and Border Patrol spokesperson, said the illegal immigrants encountered in Santa Teresa and nearby Sunland Park are often attempting to avoid arrest by agents.

"The Santa Teresa Middle School is one of the areas where these migrants jump into without thinking of where they’re going through because they’re trying to evade arrest," Corrales said.

The US El Paso Border Patrol sector said in a statement, "It is common for Border Patrol Agents to receive calls from the community in the Sunland Park, NM area, especially those impacted by migrants who often conceal themselves inside of properties. This is due to the proximity of the border and as such, many migrants attempt to evade arrest from the US Border Patrol. Agents are always mindful of the safety and wellbeing of not only migrants but the public at large, especially in and around schools in this area."

The school sits around 5 miles from the "Anarpa Gap," and is northwest of El Paso, Texas.

"A lot of people in that area that try to evade arrest from our apprehensions do have a criminal history or have immigration issues. So that's the reason why they just take off running and go through locations they're not even familiar with," Corrales told KOAT.

Sign in to comment


Powered by StructureCMS™ Comments

Join and support independent free thinkers!

We’re independent and can’t be cancelled. The establishment media is increasingly dedicated to divisive cancel culture, corporate wokeism, and political correctness, all while covering up corruption from the corridors of power. The need for fact-based journalism and thoughtful analysis has never been greater. When you support The Post Millennial, you support freedom of the press at a time when it's under direct attack. Join the ranks of independent, free thinkers by supporting us today for as little as $1.

Support The Post Millennial

Remind me next month

To find out what personal data we collect and how we use it, please visit our Privacy Policy

By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
© 2024 The Post Millennial, Privacy Policy | Do Not Sell My Personal Information