Drivers smuggling illegal immigrants into the country are bringing their young children to “cover” their crimes, according to current and former law enforcement officials who spoke with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
State, local and federal authorities have recorded several instances in recent years of smugglers bringing their children while driving illegal immigrants to American cities away from the border, according to law enforcement posts and local media. The smuggling events have often coincided with large surges in illegal immigration.
In fiscal year 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recorded more than 2.3 million migrant encounters, a record. On top of that, the agency recorded the highest month ever in December, which had more than 250,000 migrant encounters.
Goliad County Sheriff Roy Boyd, whose county is about a three hour drive from the Texas-Mexico border, told the DCNF, “It’s what happens when people care more about making a few dollars than the health and safety of their own family members.”
He said, “For them, it’s all about cover when it gets stopped. Totally pretend like they’re out doing something legitimate.”
Boyd continued, “What they do is they’ll bring their kids with them because that way, if they get stopped, they’re less likely to be suspected of something if they have their children with them.”
He added, “And a lot of times when we encounter them, they’ll tell their kids to lay down and pretend to be asleep or sometimes the kids will be asleep because they left the house at one o’clock in the morning and we’re encountering them at like nine or ten in the morning around here, when they’re on their way back.”
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Lieutenant Christopher Olivarez tweeted an example of how citizens use their young children while attempting to smuggle illegals into the United States.
He wrote, “LA SALLE CO – @TxDPS arrested a 24 y/o female from Weatherford, TX, for smuggling 3 illegal immigrants from MX. The driver had her 1 y/o child during the smuggling attempt. She was charged w/ human smuggling & endangering a child. #OperationLoneStar”
LA SALLE CO – @TxDPS arrested a 24 y/o female from Weatherford, TX, for smuggling 3 illegal immigrants from MX. The driver had her 1 y/o child during the smuggling attempt. She was charged w/ human smuggling & endangering a child. #OperationLoneStar pic.twitter.com/4IE3rhaM2D
— Chris Olivarez (@LtChrisOlivarez) October 12, 2022
A CBP spokesperson earlier told the DCNF, “Smugglers utilize various tactics to evade law enforcement with little to no regard for the safety of innocent people as they smuggle illicit contraband and migrants into the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is aware that smugglers constantly change their tactics. Our law enforcement personnel continually evaluate trends and adjust operations as appropriate with the safety of all involved remaining a priority.”
Executive Director of the Texas and Southwest Border Sheriff’s Coalition Clint McDonald told the DCNF, “Having children along is definitely a benefit for them to be able to disguise what they’re doing in every way possible.”
Chief Patrol Agent of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, John R. Modlin, tweeted, “At a gas station in Benson, AZ, a Willcox Station agent encountered an #SUV suspected of #HumanSmuggling. The agent determined the Mexican citizen driver was traveling with her tender age child while smuggling seven Mexican citizens. She faces criminal smuggling charges.”
At a gas station in Benson, AZ, a Willcox Station agent encountered an #SUV suspected of #HumanSmuggling. The agent determined the Mexican citizen driver was traveling with her tender age child while smuggling seven Mexican citizens. She faces criminal smuggling charges. pic.twitter.com/lC4BPtBNQg
— John R. Modlin (@USBPChiefTCA) January 22, 2023
NEW from me: Smugglers Are Using Their Kids As ‘Cover’ To Sneak Migrants Into The US
— Jennie Taer (@JennieSTaer) January 24, 2023
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