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Border agents in Texas raid immigrant stash house with 52 foreigners inside

September 17, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border agents in Texas raid immigrant stash house with 52 foreigners inside

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U.S. Border Patrol agents in Hidalgo County, Texas, raided an immigrant stash house used by human smugglers to hold 50 migrants seeking to cross the border into the United State illegally.

Agents operating in the Rio Grande Valley Sector worked in collaboration with Hidalgo County Sheriff’s and Constable’s deputies in carrying out an investigation that led to the discovery of the illegal stash house.

The team witnessed suspicious behavior at a residence in Edinburg, Texas and surrounded the home, according to U.S. Border Patrol spokesperson — Supervisory Patrol Agent Marlene Castro. The agents and deputies advanced toward the house and received consent to search the property from the caretaker.

Once the officers entered the home, they found 57 people packed into the small house used to shelter the human cargo. Five in the home were identified as caretakers, and the remaining 52 individuals were foreign nationals who had been illegally smuggled into the U.S.

Photos of the house and its occupants indicated that a mixture of men and women of various ages were being concealed in the home, some of whom appeared to be minors.

Border Patrol agents identified all of the immigrants as being from Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. The foreigners were transported to the Weslaco Border Patrol station where they were processed according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection guidelines and policies.

The five alleged smugglers, who are all Mexican nationals, were apprehended and were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for likely prosecution, Breitbart Texas reported.

Very often, undocumented migrants are kept in stash houses by their smugglers as they endeavor to extort additional cash from relatives. The men are frequently beaten and threatened, and women are sometimes sexually assaulted as a method of intimidation. Once the money is received, the immigrants are then scheduled for smuggling past border checkpoints located about 70-80 miles north of the Mexican border.

These incidents are often repeated at various stash houses along the way to their final destination.

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