At Least 5 Dead After SUV Carrying Illegal Immigrants Crashes - Timothy Meads

CBP has legal authority to operate checkpoints within 100 miles of the US border. Above a map shows the 100-mile interior enforcement zone in orange

"We've seen this many, many times", Boy said.

The driver is now in custody with Homeland Security Investigations, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. "This is a ideal example of why our borders need to be secure". During a press conference, Boy said 14 people were in the vehicle, including the driver and passenger.

Mr Boyd said the driver and one passenger were believed to be USA citizens.

Boyd said the victims were taken to hospitals. "We dealt with him last week", Boyd said.

Four people died at the scene and a fifth died later, KSAT 12 television of San Antonio reported. He would not confirm if any of the patients had died.

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The chase had reached speeds topping 100 miles per hour, the sheriff added.

Dimmit County officials confirmed Sunday afternoon that five people have died in a crash involving undocumented immigrants. He also cited this as a reason why it is important to build a wall to secure the border with Mexico. But along with that, there needs to be cameras.

Border patrol agents use all-terrain vehicles (ATV) to search for illegal immigrants along the US.

In a statement, the Border Patrol said the chase began after an agent spotted "three vehicles traveling in tandem pass his location on a rural highway" and the agent suspected that "a smuggling event was taking place".

Representatives for both U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Dimmit County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comment.

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