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73 Illegal Immigrants Found in Affluent Washington D.C. Neighborhood Inside Homes Operated by Human Smugglers


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“Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents found 73 illegal immigrants in homes believed to be operated by human smugglers in an affluent area of Washington D.C.,” The Daily Wire reported.

60 adults and 13 children were found living in six residential homes in Northwest D.C.

NBC News reviewed internal documents from ICE, which didn’t include the home addresses or how many were housed in a single home.

NBC News reported:

The agents also found $95,000 and a small amount of cocaine, the documents said.

The northwest quadrant contains some of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods, and the median home price is $750,000, according to Redfin data. The documents don’t give addresses or neighborhoods for the houses where the migrants were living or say how many were being held in a single house.

Undocumented migrants frequently pay human smuggling organizations with ties to drug cartels thousands of dollars to bring them across the U.S.-Mexico border and to keep them hidden as they make their way to their final destinations in the U.S.

Often they are kept in buildings known as “stash houses,” where migrants are cramped into tight quarters without bedding, running water or air conditioning and told they cannot leave without the permission of the smugglers.

The outlet noted that these houses are typically closer to the border and it’s unclear why so many migrants were being kept in what appear to be stash houses in Washington, D.C.

The news follows reports of the Biden Administration quietly approving construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall near Yuma, Arizona.

Biden Administration Quietly Approves Construction of Border Wall Near Yuma, Arizona

“The decision was made even though Biden promised during the 2020 campaign that his administration would stop all future construction of a border wall,” The Daily Wire noted.

The Department of Homeland Security said in a press release on Thursday that Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas had authorized the closure of “four gaps located within an incomplete border barrier project near the Morelos Dam in the U.S. Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector.”

From the DHS:

These projects address operational impacts, as well as immediate life and safety risks, and will be funded with DHS’s Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations.

The gaps are located within the former Yuma 6 project area, a border barrier project that was previously funded by the Department of Defense’s (DoD) military construction appropriation pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 2808. Due to the proximity to the Morelos Dam and the swift moving Colorado River, this area presents safety and life hazard risks for migrants attempting to cross into the United States where there is a risk of drownings and injuries from falls. This area also poses a life and safety risk to first responders and agents responding to incidents in this area.

The Daily Wire added:

The decision to close gaps in the wall in Arizona, where Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly faces re-election in November, also comes after Texas Governor Greg Abbott began sending illegal immigrants from Texas to Washington, D.C.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Thursday called Texas and Arizona’s move to send illegal immigrants to a Democrat-controlled city “a humanitarian crisis,” prompting a response from Abbott.

“With pledges from Texas and Arizona to continue these abhorrent operations indefinitely, the situation is dire, and we consider this a humanitarian crisis — one that could overwhelm our social support network without immediate and sustained federal intervention,” Bowser wrote in a letter requesting help from the National Guard to control the situation.


 

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