51 undocumented immigrants smuggled out of Mexico are arrested during searches in Texas, 3 of whom are suspected of human trafficking.
- Border Patrol agents and police in Laredo, Texas, discovered 51 undocumented immigrants hidden in two homes on Friday
- Authorities found 15 migrants in a stash house and 37 others in a nearby apartment
- CBP said the individuals were citizens of Guatemala and Mexico
- Authorities are investigating three of the people for human trafficking
At least 51 undocumented immigrants, including children, were arrested in two homes in Laredo, Texas, where they were temporarily held after being illegally transferred from Mexico to the United States.
US Customs and Border Protection along with the Laredo Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety raided a house on Thursday in the 3900 block of Santa Isabel Avenue.
In a statement, CBP said a ‘knock and talk’ raid on the stash house in West Laredo led to the arrest of 14 migrants.
Shown above are some of the 51 undocumented immigrants detained by U.S. customs and border protection following Thursday’s raid on Laredo
Shown are some of the 51 migrants from Guatemala and Mexico arrested by authorities in Laredo, Texas last Thursday
A search warrant was then issued for an apartment on the same property, which led the agents to 37 more undocumented migrants.
CBP said at least three individuals in the group were being investigated for “housing” undocumented immigrants and human trafficking.
All persons arrested at the two houses illegally entered the United States and were citizens of Mexico and Guatemala.
Authorities have opened an investigation into three of the 51 undocumented immigrants arrested during many raids on homes used as a secret hiding place for persons illegally entering the United States from Mexico. The three individuals are being investigated for ‘providing shelter to undocumented immigrants and human trafficking’
The arrests were the latest in a series of houses that served as illegal repositories for migrants transported across the Mexico-United States border, despite the severe restrictions imposed on the border during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On July 28, CBP and the Constable Bureau of Webb County responded to a tip about suspicious activity in a house in block 4700 of the Chibcha court in Laredo and arrested 52 undocumented immigrants, including three children.
CBP said the individuals were from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
On June 24, border patrol agents also took part in a house search on the same block where last Friday’s arrest took place, and arrested 26 undocumented immigrants from Mexico.