Texas Border Business
EDINBURG, Texas – In just seven hours, Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol agents successfully disrupt four human smuggling stash houses in Starr County, Texas totaling 52 apprehensions of migrants.
Yesterday morning, Rio Grande City Border Patrol (RGC) agents working near Garciasville, Texas, detected an illegal entry in the form of multiple shoe prints heading north from the Rio Grande. Agents followed the prints which led them to a nearby house. Agents requested the assistance from the Starr County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) to conduct a welfare check. Authorities discovered 10 migrants inside the house all determined to be illegally present in the United States.
Hours later, RGV agents, in collaboration with SCSO, identified three additional homes located in Roma, Texas operating as possible human smuggling stash houses. Authorities arrived at all three locations and discovered several subjects inside who were illegally present in the United States. In total, 42 migrants were identified as nationals of Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and 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.