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Border agents crack human smuggling effort, arrest 24 migrants

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Border Patrol agents in Texas arrested 24 unlawful immigrants suspected of being a part of a human smuggling operation that used native railways to journey throughout south Texas, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) introduced Tuesday.

In an announcement, CBP stated the Border Patrol’s Corpus Christi station obtained a 911 name on Oct. 8 reporting 10 suspected unlawful immigrants strolling close to prepare tracks west of Robstown, simply outdoors the town.

Border Patrol, working with the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office and Robstown police, arrested 22 migrants, the assertion stated. The group was carrying a bag with bolt cutters inside, which authorities believed had been getting used to interrupt into prepare automobiles.

As agents had been ready to move the group, they observed a “suspicious” blue GMC Yukon driving by. A visitors cease by sheriff’s deputies revealed that the SUV’s two occupants had been additionally within the US illegally. The pair had been detained on suspicion of intending to move the opposite 22 unlawful immigrants additional into the US.

The group of two dozen are initially from Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador, the CBP assertion stated.

In a separate operation, 5 unlawful immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador had been arrested Sunday after fleeing a black Volkswagen Jetta when it was stopped by a police officer in Mission, Texas.

“Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the health and safety of migrants or the citizens of the U.S. they may encounter,” CBP stated in an announcement. “The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.”

The Biden administration has struggled to reply to a surge in unlawful immigration alongside the US-Mexico border, with agents making 200,000 stops for the primary time in consecutive months since 2000.

Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security introduced Tuesday that it could cease roundups of unlawful immigrants at their workplace and encourage “prosecutorial discretion” for many who are “victims of, or witnesses to, workplace exploitation.”

“The deployment of mass worksite operations, sometimes resulting in the simultaneous arrest of hundreds of workers, was not focused on the most pernicious aspect of our country’s unauthorized employment challenge: exploitative employers,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated in a three-page memo. “These highly visible operations misallocated enforcement resources while chilling, and even serving as a tool of retaliation for, worker cooperation in workplace standards investigations.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas introduced a pause in mass roundups of undocumented immigrants at workplaces to cease “exploitative employers.”
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The memo from Mayorkas to the heads of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and CBP, offers them 60 days to provide you with plans that assist “alleviate or mitigate the fear that victims of, and witnesses to, labor trafficking and exploitation may have regarding their cooperation with law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of unscrupulous employers.”

The DHS chief prompt that the plans contemplate “deferred action, continued presence, parole, and other available relief for noncitizens who are witnesses to, or victims of, abusive and exploitative labor practices.”

Tuesday’s directive comes on the heels of a Sept. 30 order for ICE to give attention to deporting unlawful immigrants who “pose a threat to national security, public safety, and border security” as a result of the federal government doesn’t have the assets to trace down each one who enters the US unlawfully.​

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