At least 23 undocumented migrants were taken into custody after U.S. Border Patrol agents disrupted a smuggling operation in New Mexico.
The agents, who were assigned to the El Paso Sector’s Las Cruces Border Patrol station, spotted a white van with daycare center logos and pulled it over for a routine inspection at a checkpoint on Interstate 10 on Wednesday night.
A search of the vehicle led the officers to 23 Guatemalan individuals, who had previously illegally crossed the Mexico-United States border.
The migrants were taken to a local station and returned to Mexico under Title 42, a policy enforced by the former administration of President Donald Trump that allows for migrants to be returned across the border due to concerns of a mass COVID-19 outbreak.
Border Patrol officers in Las Cruces, New Mexico, foiled a migrant smuggling operation when they pulled over a van with daycare center logos and found 23 undocumented migrants from Guatemala. The driver, a U.S. citizen, was taken into custody
All 23 migrants are citizens of Guatemala and were taken to a local station and returned to Mexico under Title 42, a policy enforced by the former administration of President Donald Trump that allows for migrants to be returned across the border due to concerns of a mass COVID-19 outbreak
All of the migrants were processed by CBP and sent back to Mexico
The driver of the vehicle, who was identified as a citizen of the United States, was taken into custody.
He could be charged with conspiring to smuggle, harbor, encourage and domestically transport undocumented migrants.
‘Ruthless human smugglers continue to endanger the lives of migrants as they smuggle them further into United States,’ El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez said in a statement.
According to data provided by the El Paso Sector to DailyMail.com, there were 1,304 smuggling incidents that were disrupted by agents in the sector throughout fiscal year 2021.
In comparison, 456 smuggling operations have been foiled from the beginning of fiscal year 2021, October 2021, to date.
Of the 518,360 interdictions of migrants for unlawful border crossing that have been reported at the Southwest border in fiscal year 2021, at least 49,012 took place within the El Paso Sector’s 11 stations that are responsible for securing the 268 miles of international border miles that span the Texas counties of El Paso and Hudspeth, and the entire state of New Mexico.
CBP said the migrants were found crammed inside a passenger van which had logos of a daycare center
Smugglers in New Mexico crammed 23 migrants into a daycare center van before the vehicle as intercepted by the U.S. Border Patrol in Las Cruces on Wednesday night
Border patrol officers in Las Cruces, New Mexico, pulled over a U-Haul truck and found 20 migrants hiding in the cargo box on Monday. The driver was arrested and the migrants were processed and sent back to Mexico
The recent smuggling incident followed another that took also took place in Las Cruces on Monday when border agents pulled over the driver of a U-Haul truck and found 20 migrants hiding in the cargo box.
Those migrants were from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Peru and Columbia.
The were provided medical assistance, processed and expelled to Mexico under Title 42.
The driver, a permanent resident of the United States, is still in custody.
CBP learned of a possible smuggling activity taking place at two El Paso, Texas, locations on Sunday. At least 132 migrants from Central America and South America were found inside a tractor trailer on Monday. CBP said there were two unaccompanied children within the group
U.S. Border Patrol agents investigating a human trafficking scheme discovered 132 migrants – including two unaccompanied children – during a traffic stop Monday in El Paso, Texas
Agents assigned to the El Paso Sector’s Ysleta Station foiled another smuggling operation on Monday, when they stopped a tractor trailer that was hauling 132 migrants in El Paso.
Two 16-year-old boys from Guatemala, who were identified as unaccompanied minors, were within the group.
A CBP spokesperson said children have already been turned over to the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement.
The rest of the group, all single adults from Guatemala, have been either sent back to Mexico under Title 42 or are currently being held by the U.S. Border Patrol because they had prior convictions or arrest warrants.
CBP reported 2,035,010 encounters with undocumented migrants who were stopped by U.S. Border Patrol agents for unlawful crossing of the United States-Mexico border between January 2021 and December 2021
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