Killed in Rollover Crash During Texas Border Patrol Chase

5 immigrants killed in Texas car crash while being chased by border patrol agents

Dimmit County deputies took over the chase near Big Wells, Texas.

The Trump administration has said tougher immigration policies - even separating children from their parents - are needed to deter immigrants from coming to the country illegally.

At least five undocumented immigrants are dead following a chase involving Border Patrol agents in Big Wells, Texas.

The SUV carrying 14 people went out of control at more than 100 miles per hour and overturned on Texas Highway 85, ejecting most of the occupants, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said. Authorities say the vehicle topped speeds of over 100 miles per hour.

"We've seen this many, many times, in not only this county but other counties along the border", Boyd told CNN. "It's a problem. This is, I think, a flawless example of why our borders need to be secure".

Twelve immigrants were ejected and four died at the scene when the vehicle crashed and rolled over, according to Boyd. The driver was arrested by Homeland Security officials, KSAT reported, citing unnamed officials.

The passenger, also believed to be a US citizen, is now in custody.

There were 14 people in the vehicle. All of the people killed were immigrants.

Footage of the crash showed four bodies on the ground, the charred Chevrolet and several Border Patrol vehicles at the scene. Two people are believed to be US citizens.

When asked why Border Patrol agents started the chase, Boyd said, "It's called good police work". Dimmit County is directly north of Webb County and east of Maverick County, which border Mexico.

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