EDINGBURG, TEXAS—During a collaborative law enforcement operation, U.S. Border Patrol agents, Edinburg police officers and agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations arrested 32 illegal immigrants Wednesday, who were living in deplorable conditions at a stash house.
The agents and officers found the 32 people crammed into a small, unfurnished, singlewide mobile home, with no electricity. There was only one bathroom and not enough floor space for the immigrants to sleep or obtain adequate rest. Information gathered from undocumented immigrants in previous cases reveals that they are often subjected to these types of conditions anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. Also, many of these individuals pay thousands of dollars to be smuggled into the United States, only to suffer inhumane treatment at the hands of unscrupulous human smugglers. Once they leave the stash house, they often must risk their lives by walking for several days, with little to no food or water, while battling inhospitable terrain and extreme temperatures.
The illegal immigrants, five of whom are from El Salvador and 27 from Mexico, will be processed to be returned to their countries of origin. Agents also arrested two suspected smugglers. The case remains under investigation.
We encourage citizens to report suspected stash houses or suspicious activity by calling the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.