76 illegal immigrants found inside a tractor-trailer in Texas

31 January, 2018, 08:49 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • 76 undocumented immigrants, including 13 kids, found in tractor-trailer at Texas checkpoint

The identity of the truck driver has not been released, but Border Patrol says that he is a USA citizen.

A 25-year-old US citizen later was arrested in connection with the smuggling case, the agency said. "The driver, a beneficiary of DACA which has since expired, is now being held in federal custody".

Border Patrol arrested two DACA recipients in separate incidents for their involvement in human smuggling, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. "However, to vilify entire groups of people based on isolated incidents is irresponsible and unhelpful".

"Most Dreamers - like 99.9 percent - are ideal citizens", Alcala told the television station.

He couldn't reveal where they are being held, but a news release Monday said one of the men was being kept in Department of Homeland Security custody for removal proceedings.

The first arrests referred to in the Border Patrol's statement happened last Wednesday.

Trucks from Mexico queue as they wait to enter the United States at a border crossing point from Neuvo Laredo, Mexico to Laredo, TX.

Agents said they spotted the four men's footprints and radioed to other agents who spotted the four getting into a pickup truck in a nearby citrus grove.

The immigrants were found on January 26 at a checkpoint on north Highway 83.

The tractor-trailer was taken by border patrol as a part of the investigation.

"Both the driver and his cousin admitted their involvement with human smuggling in the area", said the agency.



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