Border agents find illegal migrants in houses, apartments and motels in El Paso

EL PASO, TX (Border report) – Sheriff’s deputies were serving a narcotics warrant when they discovered 13 migrants Friday afternoon at a home in Central El Paso.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday that El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputies immediately called Border Patrol, who responded to the Alabama Street home and determined the migrants were all Mexicans and smuggled illegally in the country.

Officers said there were no drugs at the house.

Earlier in the day, border agents were informed that smugglers had rented several motel rooms to house migrants in the lower El Paso Valley.

When officers arrived, they discovered 31 illegal migrants from Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Honduras and Colombia in four rooms. Among the migrants was a 5-year-old child with a parent.

That morning, a multi-agency operation responded to reports of smugglers harboring large numbers of migrants at several small apartment complexes northeast of El Paso.

Federal agents and soldiers from Texas responded and rescued 59 migrants hiding in the small properties.

Officers said the migrants in all three incidents had been medically assessed and cleared.

Some migrants are processed under Title 42, which allows officers to deport them immediately to Mexico. Others are processed under Title 8 and placed in removal proceedings.

“Sheltering migrants in unsanitary and unsafe conditions is a common practice of transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) who disregard the safety of the migrants they exploit,” said Gloria I. Chavez, Chief Patrol Officer of the El Paso area. “We appreciate the assistance we are receiving from the public and our law enforcement partners in disrupting these contraband criminal organizations.”

The U.S. Border Patrol told Border Report that during the exercise, which began in October, officers disrupted more than 175 hideouts and rescued 1,975 migrants from TCOs.

During the last fiscal year, which ended on September 30, 2021, officers disrupted 311 hiding places and apprehended 3,244 migrants.

In a statement to Border Report, a Border Patrol spokesperson said the El Paso area had 486 federal contraband cases successfully prosecuted.

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