Border Patrol agents have found many more migrants hidden inside tractor-trailers this year than last, suggesting smugglers are increasingly relying on the practice to move people throughout the country after they elude capture at the Mexican border.
Since the start of the government fiscal year last October, agents have found and rescued more than 3,000 people packed inside commercial trucks, often without air conditioning or water.
The article goes on to state the following:
“The over 3,000 subjects encountered in tractor trailers represents a nearly 40% increase over this time last year,” a Border Patrol official wrote in a text message to the Washington Examiner.
On September 17, 2019, the U.S. Border Patrol reported:
…agents assigned to the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint near Amado arrested a truck driver for human smuggling after finding 31 illegal aliens in his tractor-trailer Wednesday night.
After a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle, agents referred a 2008 Freightliner for secondary inspection, where they discovered and arrested 31 Mexican nationals concealed in the cargo trailer, all illegally present in the country.
The 40-year-old U.S. citizen driver was arrested for human smuggling. The Mexican nationals, ages 15 to 40, will be processed for immigration violations.
In an effort to prevent fatalities at the hands of smugglers, Department of Homeland Security recently launched “Operation Safeguard” to educate the public and the trucking industry on the life-threatening dangers involved in using commercial conveyances to smuggle humans.
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