Texas Grand Jury Indicted 140 Illegal Aliens the Day After Judge Dismissed Charges

AP Photo/Gregory Bull

Talk about a case of whiplash. The day after a county judge dismissed state charges against 140 illegal aliens who caused a riot against National Guard troops, a grand jury indicted the illegal aliens. 


Essentially, the grand jury overruled the county judge. The illegal aliens are still in jail because they have an ICE retainer against them. That's the federal jurisdiction. 

A county court-at-law judge found no probable cause on Monday to continue holding 140 illegal aliens at the El Paso County Jail. They were detained on state riot charges. So, El Paso County Court-at-Law No. 7 Judge Ruben Morales agreed with El Paso County Chief Public Defender Kelli Childress that there was not enough evidence presented to charge them. Childress accused authorities of trying to make headlines. 

These are some of the illegal aliens who stampeded over the Texas border crossing and began a riot to get across the border. They tore down razor wire along the Rio Grande River and rushed the border fence at Marker No. 36 in the Riverside area of El Paso's Lower Valley. Most of them were male and from Venezuela. 

On Tuesday a Texas Grand Jury indicted the 140 illegal aliens on misdemeanor rioting charges, citing the alleged mass attempt to breach the U.S.-Mexico border. 

"The citizens of El Paso, through the grand jury, essentially overruled the judge’s ruling and found probable cause to believe that the riots did occur,” El Paso County District Attorney Bill Hicks told reporters Tuesday.

Kelli Childress-Diaz, the El Paso Public Defender who is representing the 141 defendants, said she wasn't surprised.

“I imagine they had that already prepared before the hearing even started yesterday," she said.


After the stampede and riot in March, Governor Abbott responded by sending 700 additional National Guard troops to El Paso.

El Paso County District Attorney Bill Hicks was appointed to his job in 2022 by Governor Abbott. He said that it isn't common for a grand jury to indict misdemeanor cases but that it was fair to pose the cases before them. Hicks estimated they had arrested more than 350 people on rioting charges since March.

Those still in jail aren't going anywhere right now. Childress-Diaz wants to turn the illegal aliens into innocent victims that government officials are exploiting. 

If convicted, those charged could each face up to 180 days in county jail and a fine of up to $2,000. Those in jail still face federal charges, and Hicks said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents could still pick them up from jail to process them on an illegal entry offense.

“It turns my stomach that these people are nothing more than, you know, political coins in a bet that some of our government officials have hedged,” Childress-Diaz told The Associated Press.

It turns my stomach about what is happening at the southern border. The Biden border crisis is a humanitarian crisis and a national security crisis. 

Do you wonder why there is such a mad rush happening now along the southern border? Some observers think it may be because those who plan to cross the border are worried that Joe Biden may not win re-election. With the political atmosphere now, that is a legitimate concern. Re-election isn't looking good for Dementia Joe. They are rushing up to the border to get in before anything changes. 


If Donald Trump wins the presidential election in November, he has promised to get control of the southern border beginning on his first day back in the White House. He will begin deportations and continue building the wall. He will bring back the policies and agreements that worked during his previous administration. The grown-ups will be in charge. 

Join the conversation as a VIP Member

Trending on HotAir Videos