CBP – El Paso Sector U.S. Border Patrol Agents rescued a total of 169 migrants from six stash houses and 14 foiled vehicle smuggling schemes since Feb. 21.
During the last week of February, investigations from the Santa Teresa and Ysleta Anti-Smuggling Unit (ASU), the El Paso Sector Integrated Targeting Team (ITT), along with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) resulted in the rescue of 75 migrants from six individual stash houses located within the El Paso Area.
Significant highlights include a disruption that occurred on Feb. 23, where agents assigned to the Ysleta Station ASU received information regarding a possible stash house located in eastside El Paso. ASU agents responded to a residence near Edgemere Boulevard and Zaragoza Road where they subsequently encountered 20 migrants held inside the residence.
On Feb. 25, the El Paso Sector ITT, El Paso Station ASU, along with HSI, responded to a residence located in northeast El Paso, Texas, after receiving information of a possible stash house. Agents encountered 19 migrants, three of which were unaccompanied children. The children were transported to the El Paso Sector Centralized Processing Center for processing and then transferred to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement.
During the same timeframe, the El Paso Sector agents disrupted 14 vehicle smuggling schemes resulting in the rescue of 94 migrants.
On Feb. 21, Santa Teresa ASU and El Paso Sector ITT observed several vehicles traveling in tandem, westbound on New Mexico State Road 9. Information received indicated a possible smuggling scheme that subsequently led to the discovery of 27 migrants crammed inside a total of three vehicles.
All migrants encountered in these events were medically screened and processed accordingly. Subjects amenable to Title 42 were expelled to Mexico.
Since fiscal year 2022 began, a total of 456 foiled smuggling schemes and 77 stash houses have been disrupted by Border Patrol Agents of the El Paso Sector.
“Transnational Criminal Organizations continue to use brazen tactics, with zero regard for the lives they endanger, nor the safety of the residents within our community,” said El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez. “I am extremely proud of the El Paso Sector Border Patrol Agents who work tirelessly and continue to disrupt dangerous smuggling schemes conducted by ruthless smugglers.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol while remaining anonymous by calling 1-800-635- 2509.