Stash houses are not uncommon. Last month, the Border Patrol raided two locations near El Paso, according to a Customs and Border Protection release in April. In one raid, 51 illegal immigrants were discovered. The illegal immigrants had come from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. The release said two so-called caretakers were arrested and face charges connected with human smuggling. [firefly_poll] In the second raid from early April, 94 illegal immigrants from Guatemala, Mexico and Ecuador were found in a stash house. Because Title 42 was still in effect during April, all illegal immigrants found in those raids were deported.
#SantaTeresa Anti-Smuggling Unit, #ElPaso Sector Integrated Targeting Team & @txDPSWest encountered 54 migrants inside a local stash house living in deplorable conditions. 6 migrants were found to have prior removal orders and will be prosecuted accordingly. @CBP pic.twitter.com/HDDzHl8K3F— Anthony “Scott” Good (@USBPChiefEPT) May 13, 2023
The release said that during federal Fiscal Year 2023, agents in the Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector found 130 stash houses with over 1,800 illegal immigrants. “The citizens in our local El Paso community provide an important partnership to help us safeguard our city. We encourage anyone with information to report suspicious activity to our office. That one phone call could help save many lives,” Good said.
Ysleta Station Anti-Smuggling Units foiled a smuggling scheme w/ @TxDPS involving 51 migrants located inside a local residence. Subsequent interviews led to another stash house w/95 more migrants, totaling 146 migrants intercepted. That’s over 130 stash houses this FY23YTD! @CBP pic.twitter.com/gBKW2atDWE— Anthony “Scott” Good (@USBPChiefEPT) April 3, 2023
In April, a stash house in Socorro, Texas, was linked with sex trafficking, according to the El Paso Times.
“Preliminary information suggests that a large number of unaccompanied and younger aged females located have been the target of sex trafficking and were treated by emergency medical services on the scene,” a news release said.
The release said that from March 2021 through August 2022, more than 170 stash houses had been found, containing more than over 1,900 illegal immigrants. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
As part of Governor Abbott’s Stash House Reward Program, DPS received an anonymous tip that led to the discovery of a stash house hiding 10 illegal immigrants in Webb County on Tuesday. https://t.co/o1JGH9JGCG— Texas Border Business (@TBBusiness) October 18, 2022