Some prominent progressives continue to downplay the crisis on the nation’s southern border, but recent events might make that narrative more difficult to defend.
Among the most recent developments is the reported arrest of more than 100 undocumented immigrants being held in one stash house.
“Smuggling and housing of large groups of individuals”
According to the Washington Examiner, the immigrants were located during a raid conducted on Thursday by law enforcement in Laredo, Texas.
The residence targeted by police was believed to have been guarded by human traffickers and reportedly contained nations from countries including Mexico, El Salvador, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Honduras.
In a statement by the U.S. Border Patrol, officials acknowledged the health risks associated with a large number of unvaccinated people congregating in such close quarters.
“The smuggling and housing of large groups of individuals in stash houses has not been deterred by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” the agency said.
According to border officials, “incidents such as this pose a threat not only to the people exploited by human smugglers but also to the people and safety of our Nation.”
“Apprehended in our sector’s most remote areas”
The discovery in Laredo was just one of many disturbing stories to be recorded on the U.S.-Mexico border this year. Last month, the Border Patrol revealed a huge upswing in the number of sex offenders attempting to enter the nation illegally.
At the end of May, Fox News reported that there had been a more than 3,000% increase in the number of arrests involving convicted sex offenders in the Del Rio sector of Texas.
“The majority of these criminals were apprehended in our sector’s most remote areas, attempting to avoid detection by crossing far from populated areas,” advised Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin Skero.
Another common concern involves foreign gangs and other criminal organizations infiltrating the U.S. through its porous border.
Fox News also revealed that five gang members were apprehended by border agents in a single week in March, including at least one affiliated with the notoriously violent MS-13. Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak noted that criminals “attempt to evade arrest by exploiting the influx of migrants.”