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43 Noncitizens Arrested in Stash Houses

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EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents successfully disrupt the operation of two human smuggling stash houses in the Rio Grande Valley.

Saturday, Weslaco Border Patrol Station agents received a request for assistance from the Edinburg Police Department at a residence in Edinburg, Texas. Agents were advised the residence was suspected of operating as a human smuggling stash house. Officers and agents were granted access inside the home and discovered 21 noncitizens being harbored inside. The migrants were identified as nationals of Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. 

Last night, Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station agents received a call for assistance from the Escobares Police Department of a suspected stash house in Escobares, Texas.  Authorities arrived on scene with a search warrant, discovering several people inside the residence.  Agents determined everyone inside was illegally present in the United States.  In total, 22 migrants to include a noncitizen unaccompanied child, were identified as nationals of Nicaragua, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras.

All subjects were processed accordingly. 

Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation.  The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.

 U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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