About 50 of them were walking back into Mexico after being caught by authorities.
His release happened as discussions over border security spending have taken center stage in politics.
Longoria noted that legislators in Austin will consider a supplemental $300 million border security budget to keep DPS troopers along the border to assist federal law enforcement.
Texas approved $800 million during last session with plans to add 250 more troopers to the already 600 assigned to the border.
“It’s very easy for people to try to smuggle across and get on the major interstate,” Longoria said. “So these are areas that need to be covered and we need to inundate them with law enforcement and they need to observe and of course intercept.”
Legislators will begin work in January and decide on the final amount that DPS will be given at the end of the legislative session next summer.