60-foot long tunnel found next to border wall in Texas - KXXV Central Texas News Now

60-foot long tunnel found next to border wall in Texas

(Source: KRGV/CNN) (Source: KRGV/CNN)

HIDALGO, TX (KRGV/CNN) - Patrol agents discovered a tunnel under construction in Hidalgo, Texas that would have gone under the border wall.

The 60-foot long tunnel is reportedly almost impossible to see standing near the Rio Grande River.

That's because it sits at the bottom of a 30-foot embankment, so you can only see it if you're on the river.

Agents said they brought pictures to show President Trump during his recent visit.

"You've seen them on the news in Arizona and New Mexico and stuff like that but I've never seen one in the Valley,” Brand said. “That's the first one I've seen that's in our back yard."

Border Patrol contacted Orthal Brand Jr., president of the Hidalgo County Water Improvement District 3 for help.

"You've seen them on the news in Arizona and New Mexico and stuff like that but I've never seen one in the Valley,” Brand said. “That's the first one I've seen that's in our back yard."

The tunnel is located about 1,500 feet down river from Brand’s pump station on U.S. Parks and Wildlife property.

The construction of the tunnel isn't the only part of the problem, it's located at the bottom of a 30-foot embankment making it almost impossible for Brand to get equipment down there.

“It’s hard for me to put a piece of equipment on an edge of a 30-foot sand cliff and reach down and try to collapse something without putting my own piece of equipment and my own operator at risk," Brand said.

Brand said he, Border Patrol and U.S. Fish and Wildlife will work together to try to find a way to get rid of this shortcut to the Valley.

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