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On Wednesday, officials with the Border Patrol announced that agents found dozens of migrants in an El Paso area home.
“Our El Paso Sector integrated targeting teams focused on disrupting human smuggling continue to hinder the attempts of human smugglers who harbor illegal migrants, sometimes in deplorable, sub-standard living conditions,” said El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez. “We will continue to target Transnational Criminal Organizations in our region that continue to place the safety and well- being of migrants at risk.”
According to officials, on June 28th, agents along with the El Paso Station Anti-Smuggling Unit found 35 illegal migrants – seven Mexicans, nineteen Guatemalans, seven Ecuadorans, one Nicaraguan, and one Honduran – attempting to hide in the home.
The El Paso Sector has seen a significant increase in the number of single adults crossing the border illegally in Fiscal Year 2021. In comparison to the Family Unit Crisis of Fiscal Year 2019, there has been an increase of 261 percent for single adult encounters.
As of the end of May 2021, the El Paso Sector has encountered 86,536 single adults.
All 35 individuals were returned back to Mexico in accordance with Title 42 of the United States Code Section 265. Officials add that prosecution is still pending for one Mexican National who was the caretaker of the home.