President Joe Biden and his administration have largely ignored or downplayed the record-level surge of migrants at the southern border as no big deal and involving only innocent unaccompanied children.
Those excuses were belied last week when Border Patrol agents in Texas discovered a smuggling “stash house” packed with around 100 illegal migrants recently trafficked across the border, the Washington Examiner reported.
The several dozen illegal migrants inside the small house in Laredo, Texas were reportedly being guarded by smugglers.
Stash house busted, dozens of arrests made
That news came in a media release issued June 11 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to announce the more than 100 arrests that were made at the stash house in Laredo.
The operation was conducted by Border Patrol agents in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and with support from the Laredo Police Department.
All of the individuals taken into custody appeared to have originated in a variety of Central and South American nations, including “Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.”
“The smuggling and housing of large groups of individuals in stash houses has not been deterred by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” CBP said in the statement. “Stash house incidents such as this pose a threat not only to the people exploited by human smuggling but also to the people and safety of our Nation.”
Squalid conditions of smuggling stash house
Video of the operation to shut down the stash house and arrest those residing there was shared on social media by CBP South Texas in order to give the rest of America a glimpse at the “inhumane living conditions” in which the 100-plus illegal migrants and smugglers were discovered.
That video was shared by U.S. Border Patrol Deputy Chief Carl Landrum of the Laredo Sector, who wrote, “This is the harsh reality a look inside a #stashhouse that was discovered during a joint enforcement operation.”
— USBPDeputyChiefLRT- Carl Landrum (@USBPDepChiefLRT) June 12, 2021
Deported or allowed to go free?
Fortunately, though not for lack of trying and in spite of actions taken by President Biden, the administration hasn’t been able to cease all enforcement of existing border security and immigration laws, as evidenced by this joint enforcement operation that resulted in more than 100 arrests.
That said, there is no guarantee that the arrested individuals will face charges or be deported back to their nation of origin, and it is unfortunately quite possible that the arrests and detainment will only serve as a delay in the administrative processing, after which they’ll be turned loose into the U.S. with a subsequent court date that they may never show up for.