EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- An updated emergency driving and vehicular pursuit policy from U.S. Customs and Border Protection is now in effect. The letter from the acting commissioner, Troy A. Miller, says the updated policy does not prohibit vehicular pursuits, but the policy "restricts pursuits in certain circumstances that are considered especially dangerous and also prohibits specific emergency driving procedures that have proven unsafe and ineffective."
This updated policy, however, is in effect at a time when El Paso is seeing an exponentially higher number of pursuits involving Texas Department of Public Safety state troopers.
ABC-7 obtained data through an open records request of every DPS pursuit since the inception of Operation Lone Star in March 2021.
Monday on ABC-7 at 10, I will reveal the data, share one woman's harrowing experience on I-10 and DPS says why they believe these pursuits of smugglers are necessary despite the inherent dangers.