Sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Border Patrol agents busted a human trafficking house in near the Texas border with Mexico on Monday and arrested a dozen from China, along with their smuggler.
Deputies working Operation Stonegarden assisted US Border Patrol with a stash house located south of FM 2221 on Brushline Road. 12 UDA’s from China were discovered along with one human smuggler. All were arrested by USBP. pic.twitter.com/KCxu4387fF
— Sheriff Eddie Guerra (@SheriffGuerra) October 29, 2019
“Deputies working Operation Stonegarden assisted US Border Patrol with a stash house located south of FM 2221 on Brushline Road,” Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra posted to Twitter with pictures of the bust. “12 UDA’s from China were discovered along with one human smuggler. All were arrested by USBP.”
The images showed several Chinese men and women sitting on the floor of a disheveled home, with most appearing to be in their 20s or 30s.
The arrests are part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Operation Stonegarden, which relies on local law enforcement to help with border security in exchange for federal funding to hire additional manpower and upgrade equipment.
Earlier this month, Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar announced DHS awarded Hidalgo County $4.75 million to support border security for 2020. The total DHS budget for Operation Stonegarden was nearly $90 million last year.
“Border security in Texas requires a variety of strategies and resources as well as coordination on the federal, state, and local level,” Cuellar said, according to The Monitor. “These funds will provide much-needed support for our law enforcement who are working tirelessly to keep our border communities safe.”
Guerra thanked Cuellar for helping to secure the funds, but did not explain how the county spends it.
“These funds will help law enforcement as they work to provide protection of our southern border and county,” he said.
Despite the lack of details, it’s clear law enforcement along the southern border can use all the help they can get.
◾️1,148,024 total enforcement actions.
◾️851,508 people apprehended by Border Patrol between ports of entry VS. 396,579 in FY’18. pic.twitter.com/PIP3KZ4ZEr
— Sydney Hernandez (@SydneyKGBT) October 30, 2019
“#BORDERNEWS Over 1.1 million enforcement actions were taken by CBP during Fiscal Year 19, according to new numbers released by @CBPMarkMorgan today,” KGBT reporter Sydney Hernandez posted to Twitter Wednesday. “1,148,024 total enforcement actions. 851,508 people apprehended by Border Patrol between ports of entry VS. 396,579 in FY 18.”
The dramatic increase in border crossings comes as President Donald Trump presses forward with his campaign promise to build a wall along the border.
Construction crews completed the first 74-mile phase of replacement border wall near Calexico, California earlier this month, and they’ve since moved on to an additional 158 miles of walls currently under construction.
An additional 276 miles of wall are in the “pre-construction” phase, CBP officials told Breitbart.
#BORDERNEWS Border wall construction is in full swing as crews are now laying steel down along the border in Donna, TX.
CBP saying by the end of next year, they expect to have over 450 miles of new border wall along the Southern border.
— Sydney Hernandez (@SydneyKGBT) October 24, 2019
“#BORDERNEWS Border wall construction is in full swing as crews are now laying steel down along the border in Donna, Texas,” Hernandez tweeted last week. “CPS saying by the end of next year, they expect to have over 450 miles of new border wall along the Southern border.”