What border crisis? Dozens of illegal immigrants found being smuggled into Texas in a semi truck.

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LAREDO, TX – According to the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan think tank based out of Washington, DC, in 2017, there were 11.6 million immigrants from Mexico living in the United States and almost half of them were illegal. 

At a Laredo, Texas immigration checkpoint along U.S Highway 83, Border Patrol Agents disrupted a human smuggling attempt in South Texas on July 13.  Agents spotted the white semi-tractor-trailer approaching them for inspection. 

When initially interviewed, both the driver and the passenger, who were American Citizens, admitted to having people locked inside the trailer. 

When the agents opened the rear of the semi, there were approximately 35 illegal immigrants attempting to make entry into the United States. 

The temperature in the back of the truck at the time the Agents discovered the illegal immigrants was 126 degrees Fahrenheit.  Agents noted that there was no way for the people locked in the back of the trailer to be able to escape in the event of a crash or abandonment by the human smugglers. 

Both the driver and the passenger were arrested and placed into custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland and Security Investigations.

Earlier in July, agents intercepted another group of illegal immigrants attempting to enter the United States locked inside a tractor-trailer.  Agents identified these 66 illegal immigrants as originating from Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.

Officials at the Laredo Sector Immigration Checkpoint report an increase in the number if illegal immigrants being smuggled inside tractor-trailers into the United States in recent months. 

With the increase in illegal immigrants, comes an increase in infectious diseases.  With so many people choosing to not vaccinate against diseases, illegal immigrants are helping to spread diseases such as mumps, measles or tuberculosis into the United States.

This is therefore creating an influx of large outbreaks in a population that had pretty much irradiated these diseases in the past.  

With the greater influx of these diseases, comes a huge surge in the cost of medal care for those that are housed at these holding facilities, and taxpayers are left footing the bill.

In fiscal year 2018, the Yuma sector of Border Patrol reported more than $700,000 in medical care for approximately 1,700 illegal immigrants who had been apprehended at their checkpoint and had to be transported to a local hospital. 

Many of these migrants, mostly children, arrive to these facilities suffering from illnesses not seen in America today.

A Reuters article from March 10, 2019, spoke in detail about the large numbers of illegal immigrants who had to quarantine because of exposure to diseases that are preventable by a simple vaccine. 

In this article, it stated:

“Ice health officials have been notified of 236 confirmed or probable cases of mumps among detainees in 51 facilities in the past 12 months, compared to no cases detected between January 2016 and February 2018.  Last year, 423 detainees were determined to have influenza and 461 were determined to have chicken pox. All three diseases are largely preventable by a vaccine.” 

Despite an on-going, world-wide COVID-19 Pandemic, human smugglers continue to put the lives of American Citizens in danger as well as the immigrants they exploit by bringing them into the country with no concern for health or safety measures. 

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Border Patrol agents have been fairly busy over in Texas, even with the pandemic in high-gear. From human smuggling, enormous groups of illegal immigrants, to even some nabbed sex offenders, these Texas agents are protecting our community one solid arrest at a time.  

The substantial busts all started out in Del Rio, Texas between March 23rd and 24th. Agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector managed to arrest two illegal immigrants who carried previous convictions of sexual offenses.

On March 23rd, agents from the Uvalde Station were in the midst of conducting freight inspections when they encountered a 40-year-old Mexican national believed to be illegally present.

When processing the individual at the station, records indicated that he’d been previously convicted of sexual battery in St. Lucie County, Florida in 2009. Furthermore, he’d already been removed from the states back in 2018. He’s now facing charges for re-entry after deportation.

The day following, agents from the Comstock Station were conducting “line watch” operations, which is essentially staking out a particular area known for various criminal activity. During said line watch, agents apprehended a 33-year-old male citizen of Mexico who carried a past that’s every parent’s worst nightmare.

Records checks revealed that this subject had a prior conviction of enticing a child in Houston back in 2011. He too had been previously deported back in 2018. Much like the March 23rd arrest, this individual is facing charges under re-entry after deportation. Either of the two sex offenders could land 20 years in prison if convicted.

Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Doyle E. Amidon, Jr. noted the amazing work by the agents within his sector:

“Agents within Del Rio Sector work tirelessly to maintain the security of our nation’s borders and protect the American public. Due to our agents’ tireless work ethic, two more violent predators have been stopped from doing further damage in our communities.”

Between March 25th and the 26th, Border Patrol agents in Edinburg, Texas were able to thwart not one, but two human smuggling attempts. One attempt was stopped via a checkpoint, whereas the other was halted via vehicle stop.

The March 25th incident happened when agents were alerted about a vehicle that was suspected of loading illegal immigrants not far from Los Ebanos. Once agents made their way to the described location, the driver of the suspected vehicle sped off after catching wind of the Border Patrol.

During the chase, the driver of the suspected vehicle stopped and four passengers from the vehicle fled. An orchestrated multi-agency effort aided by the Texas DPS Troopers, La Joya PD officers, and agents from other Border Patrol stations managed to round up the driver and the four vehicle occupants that fled earlier on in the chase.

Not even 24 hours after agents in Edinburg pulled that off, they landed another win while working the Falfurrias Checkpoint. A Nissan Pathfinder had caught the attention of K9 units and was referred over to secondary for a closer inspection.

What agents discovered was two adult illegal immigrants inside of a luggage compartment, one from Mexico and another from Guatemala. Travelling with the two was also an unaccompanied minor from Guatemala as well. Who knows what would’ve become of the smuggled minor had they entered the country undetected?

Then on March 26th, agents stationed at the Javier Vega Jr. checkpoint in Sarita, Texas were able to apprehend a whopping 48 illegal immigrants in one shot.

Agents had taken notice of a tractor/trailer that appeared to be hauling some grain aboard over to the secondary inspection area in the early morning hours. When the Kingsville agents brought forth the K9 unit to inspect the load, they’d gotten a positive alert.

Upon further inspection of what this trailer was hauling, agents happened upon 48 illegal immigrants inside, where they were hidden atop the stored grain in the load. Agents arrested the vehicle’s driver and proceeded to process all the concealed persons aboard.

The discovery falls in line with Rio Grande Valley Sector’s “Operation Big Rig,” which has aimed to address the sort of smuggling attempts.

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