Border Patrol agents find 16 migrants crammed into a Texas hotel room after they use storm drain to enter the US illegally from Mexico
- Rio Grande Valley agents received information regarding a hotel in Edinburg, Texas, being used to harbor undocumented migrants on September 17
- They observed two individuals enter the suspect room carrying several jugs of water and groceries
- The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office conducted a welfare check and immediately noted more than 10 people in the room
- Agents identified ten of the subjects as citizens of Honduras, five as citizens of El Salvador, and one from Mexico
- The illegally present migrants claimed they had been waiting to be transported further into the U.S. for nearly 30 days
- Other migrants were found later that day and earlier this month in a storm drain
- Rio Grande Valley Border Protection have rescued more than 1,000 migrants so far this year
- Agents urge people illegally trying to reach the US not to risk their lives by walking in sewage pipes
Border Patrol agents found the crowded two-bed room at the hotel on September 17 after responding to a tip that it was being used to shelter illegal immigrants.
When Rio Grande Valley agents arrived on the scene, they observed two people bringing back several jugs of water and groceries bags to a room.
They surveilled the area before Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office conducted a welfare check.
Agents identified ten of the subjects as citizens of Honduras, five as citizens of El Salvador, and one from Mexico.
The illegal migrants claimed that they had already been in the US for more than 30 days and that they were waiting to be moved further into the country.
Border Patrol Agents found 16 migrants hiding in a two-bed hotel room for more than 30 days after using a storm drain to enter Texas illegally
The illegal migrants claimed that they had already been in the US for more than 30 days and that they were waiting to be moved further into the country
In the early morning of the next day, McAllen Border Patrol Station agents found people in a storm drain in Hidalgo, a town 15.22 miles away from Edinburg.
Agents and Hidalgo Police Department officers established a perimeter and arrested three illegal migrants who were exiting the storm drain.
An hour later, three more subjects were caught exiting the same drain, including one unaccompanied child. The group of six people were apprehended before being later identified as citizens of Honduras and Mexico.
Later at night, more migrants were seen walking in the same storm drain.
Hidalgo police officers and border patrol agents found shoe prints of at least three people leaving the sewage system before finally finding four people two hours later after exiting the storm drain.
They were also citizens of Mexico and Honduras.
Using water drainage systems to illegally enter into the United States is extremely dangerous, officials said in a statement on September 20th.
‘Transnational Criminal Organizations using municipal water drainage systems to illegally smuggle migrants into the United States, for monetary profit, is extremely dangerous,’ a statement from CBP said.
In September, smugglers in Brownsville and Hidalgo, Texas, utilized the same dangerous smuggling tactic as US Customs and Border Protection said the common practice is known to be ‘extremely dangerous’
Migrants, led into the country by smugglers, were found in drainage pipes in Hidalgo and Brownsville on September 14, according to US Customs and Border Protection officials.
Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings of Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol tweeted a picture of migrants lined up after being found in a sewage system
‘Drainage systems can be filled by rain waters unexpectedly. Toxic gas, some that are odorless, pose a significant health risk. Sewage water contains bacteria, parasites, and viruses that can almost immediately infect an open sore or have devastating health related effects down the road. Drainage systems are designed to move water rapidly and not to be occupied by humans. Thus, air flow and oxygen may be restrictive, causing one to be easily disoriented or faint.’
Other migrants, led into the country by smugglers, were also found in drainage pipes in Hidalgo and Brownsville on September 14, according to US Customs and Border Protection officials.
Migrants found in Brownsville needed assistance from border patrol agents and the local Fire Department to get out of the sewage pipe, officials said. It even took about two hours for to help one person get out of a manhole.
Everyone in the group came out safely before they were apprehended, officials said.
Rio Grande Valley Border Protection have rescued over 1,000 migrants so far in 2021, officials said. They urge migrants not to risk their lives by illegally entering the United States.