Border Patrol officials intercepted attempts to smuggle more than 160 undocumented immigrants through the U.S. southern border last week.

According to a news release from Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday, June 1, a tanker trailer was halted after approaching a checkpoint on Interstate 83 in the Laredo sector in Texas early Friday.

“During primary inspection, a Service canine alerted to the conveyance and agents referred it to secondary inspection. There, a non-intrusive scan revealed over 50 individuals inside the tanker,” the release said.

The driver, an American citizen, and 50 illegal aliens, all of whom were from Mexico, were caught and taken into custody by U.S Border Patrol.

Agents in the Laredo region made another arrest on Saturday at a different checkpoint. A Service canine alerted Border Patrol officials that there was more than met the eye to a commercial tractor-trailer approaching the Interstate 35 checkpoint. Then the driver was instructed to relocate the vehicle to a designated spot for a secondary examination, but he instead attempted to drive away.

Agents quickly stopped the vehicle near the 31 mile-marker on I-35 and discovered more than 100 individuals inside the trailer.

According to the press release, the illegal immigrants were trafficked from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic. Along with the smugglers, the driver was arrested.

The arrests came as Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency along the southern border, “providing more resources and strategies to combat the ongoing influx of unlawful immigrants.”

“The Governor has also directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to enforce all federal and state criminal laws, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking,” he wrote in his declaration.

“President Biden’s open-border policies have paved the way for dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers, and deadly drugs like fentanyl to pour into our communities,” Abbott said in the release.

“Meanwhile, landowners along the border are seeing their property damaged and vandalized on a daily basis while the Biden Administration does nothing to protect them. Texas continues to step up to confront the border crisis in the federal government’s absence, but more must be done,” he said.

President Joe Biden diverted more than $2 billion earmarked for Americans’ health care to care for illegal immigrants, which ends up encouraging many more of them to continue entering the U.S.

“We’re complicit as a nation in human trafficking,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said last month in Texas, as Breitbart cited on May 16. 

Graham was alluding to Biden’s open border policy, which now includes taxpayer-paid care for illegal immigrants, promotes the activity of coyotes (human smugglers) and cartels that receive money to allow travelers across the southern border.

However, the $2.13 billion subtracted from health care programs amounts to less than a quarter of the budgeted expenditures to fund programs for the undocumented.

In this regard, the Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] estimates that the program would have spent almost $9 billion for this concept when the fiscal year ends in October. 

“The Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] has diverted more than $2 billion meant for other health initiatives toward covering the cost of caring for unaccompanied immigrant children,” The Hill reported on May 15.