Five illegal aliens from Central America and Mexico are facing federal human-trafficking charges in Texas after police found that they had allegedly hid and locked 97 migrants in a suburban Houston. ‘
A criminal complaint alleges that the five suspects are “Illegal aliens are sheltered, concealed, and shielded for the purpose of commercial gain for personal financial gain,” Acting US Attorney Jennifer Lowery said in a statement on Monday. Each alleged smuggler is sentenced to up to 10 years in a federal prison and a maximum fine of $ 250,000, if convicted.
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The suspects include four men and a woman, aged between 21 and 31. Two are from Mexico, two are from Honduras, and one is from El Salvador. All were living in the US illegally.
The investigation was launched after police told a woman that her brother had been kidnapped. According to prosecutors, she said that she had paid several thousand dollars to the smugglers to take her brother to the US, but when she was brought across the border, the suspects demanded additional money before releasing her. He said that if he did not take the extra money, he threatened to kill his brother.
Houston police went to the house where the brother was allegedly held last Friday and found 97 people locked inside. All 97 turned out to be illegal aliens, and all of them were filled into two rooms with closed doors from outside, according to the criminal complaint. Male migrants wore only underwear.
At least one of the migrants at the stash house was told that if the money was not paid for his release, he would be put in “Four pieces of wood,” Lori said. Several migrants identified five alleged smugglers.
Illegal crossings on the US-Mexico border have risen to record highs since President Joe Biden assumed office in January and immediately overturned the strict immigration policies of his predecessor, Donald Trump. For example, by pledging to allow all minors on the border with Biden to remain in the US indefinitely, families have voluntarily split up and sent their children northward with an unprecedented number of smugglers.
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The arrival of unaffected child migrants rose to 16,000 in March, exceeding the previous record of 11,475. The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) estimated that the flow of illegal child aliens would have reached 26,100 by September, according to documents obtained by Axis.
The CBP was jammed with detention facilities, many children starved, slept on concrete floors, and the days ended without going outside. In March it took an average of 130 hours for minors to be processed through CBP facilities, exceeding the government’s standard limit of 72 hours.
Former President Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbott have both called the current conditions on the border not only a security crisis, but also “Inhuman”
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