Border Patrol arrests 11 Iranians in Arizona Who Illegally Crossed the U.S.-Mexico Border

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a group of 11 Iranian citizens who illegally crossed the border into the United States the evening of Feb. 1.

Border Patrol agents encountered the group near San Luis, Arizona, on a bridge near County 21st Street and the Salinity Canal at about 6 p.m.  Agents determined the group had illegally crossed the international border into the U.S.  The group was.  The five females and six males, all from Iran, arrested and taken to Yuma Station for processing. Iran is considered “a Special Interest Country.”  

Iranian national flag For the last two fiscal years, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents have led the nation in apprehending illegal crossers from Iran.  Yuma Sector agents apprehended eight Iranian nationals in FY2020, compared to just 14 from all other border patrol sectors combined.  So far in FY2021, Yuma Sector agents have apprehend 14 nationals from Iran, Customs and Border Patrol reported.

Tucson Border Patrol Agents Arrest Felon With Homicide Conviction, 28 Others

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents in Arizona apprehended a group of 29 illegal aliens, including a convicted murderer, near the international border with Mexico the evening of Nov. 17.

Tucson Sector agents observed the group about eight miles north of the border in the Mesquite Mountains, located on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. Agents caught up with the group and wound up arresting one Honduran, three Guatemalan, and 25 Mexican nationals, all illegally present in the United States. The group, all males, ranged in age from 15 to 41.

Records checks revealed one of the Mexican men, 31-year-old Carlos Lopez-Vazquez, was a previously removed felon, convicted of reckless homicide in Marion County, Indiana, in 2010 and sentenced to four years of confinement for his crime.

Carlos Lopez-Vaquez, convicted of homicide
Carlos Lopez-Vaquez, convicted of homicide, arrested after crossing the border

Lopez now faces federal immigration charges. The rest of the group was expelled from the country under Title 42 authority.

All people apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal aliens with criminal histories are positively identified. 

Joint Collaboration Leads to the Discovery of Four ‘Stash Houses’ in the Rio Grande Valley, 92 Arrests

The Border Patrol continues to find illegal aliens in “stash houses.” Above are some of those found in Laredo, Texas home in June 2020. (CBP Photo)

EDINBURG, Texas – Since Nov. 16, U.S. Border Patrol agents working in collaboration with state and local authorities disrupted four “stash houses,” which led to the discovery and arrest of 92 illegal aliens.

The Roma Police Department requested assistance from the Rio Grande City Border Patrol station in identifying multiple subjects at a residence in Roma, Texas on Nov. 17. Upon arrival, a police officer told Border Patrol agents the police had received a call from a concerned citizen regarding suspected illegal activities at the residence. Agents found 12 subjects at the residence, interviewed them, and determined that all were illegally present in the United States. The illegal aliens were from El Salvador, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.

Later, Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector agents working with Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to a mobile home in Edinburg, Texas, after receiving information the home was being used to house illegal aliens.  After receiving consent to enter the home, law enforcement authorities discovered 29 illegal aliens from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.

A few hours later, RGV Sector agents working in collaboration with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office received information of a house in Palmview, Texas, operating as a human smuggling stash house. Upon arrival and entry, agents and deputies encountered seven illegal aliens inside. Agents identified them to be from Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico.

Previousl, on Nov. 16, agents and local authorities arrested 44 illegal aliens after discovering them at a residence in Rio Grande City.

A Border Patrol spokesman said it processed the subjects and cases accordingly.

Washington State’s “sanctuary” laws led to murder by illegal alien, immigration reform group says

Kent, Wash. — An illegal alien charged with murder exploited “sanctuary” laws to remain in country despite numerous arrests for criminal conduct, according to an investigation by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI).

Jorge Omar Alcantara-Gonzalez, 34, is a Mexican national who was arrested in June after a multi-county 23-day manhunt in connection with the disappearance of Ian Eckles, who lived in the town of Kent, Wash. Eckles’ body has not been found. Alcantara-Gonzalez was arraigned on June 19 and entered not guilty pleas to second-degree murder and 22 other crimes. He is being held on $3 million bail.

While the case of Eckles’ disappearance is tragic, the circumstances of how Alcantara-Gonzalez managed to remain in the United States for so long are even more disturbing, the IRLI said.

King County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office records obtained by IRLI confirm that he had been arrested at least four times in the past several years in the state. Among his charges were driving while intoxicated, theft of a motor vehicle and failure to comply. In every instance, Alcantara-Gonzalez was eventually released back into the community.  A review of court records also reveal that he relied on public defenders each time he faced the justice system.

Wanted poster for Jorge Omar Alcantara-Gonzalez

After each previous arrest, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had issued detainer requests to King County, asking local officials to hold Alcantara-Gonzalez long enough for an ICE agent to arrive at the detention center and assume custody of him. ICE altogether lodged four different detainers on Alcantara-Gonzalez following his arrests. The detainers were ignored each time and he was allowed to go free, released back into the community to commit more crimes.

Despite his presence in the U.S. illegally and his repeated violations of the law, King County officials refused to cooperate with ICE’s request to allow a transfer of custody. Even though they were repeatedly blocked in their previous efforts to deport him, ICE announced  on May 28 it would help local law enforcement  locate Alcantara-Gonzalez after he became a suspect in Eckles’ disappearance.

“This case is a perfect storm of reckless sanctuary policies and a failure to enforce our immigration laws,” said Dale L. Wilcox, executive director and general counsel of IRLI. “The alleged perpetrator entered the U.S. illegally, re-entered after multiple deportations, committed numerous crimes and was shielded from further deportation. The family of Mr. Eckles are right to be furious about this. If not for sanctuary policies in Washington state, Mr. Eckles would likely be alive today. State and local leaders there have a lot to answer for.”

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, signed an executive order in February 2017 that forbids state agencies from enforcing federal immigration law.

Doubling down on this sanctuary measure, Inslee in May 2019 signed into law the “Keep Washington Working Act,” which prohibits jails in the state from holding detainees for federal immigration officials based solely on an ICE detainer or immigration hold. The law is considered one of the most radical sanctuary policies in the country.

“I think it’s absolutely disgusting that a form of government could release somebody like that back into the population after committing crimes in a country that they don’t belong in legally,” Nathan Eckles, Ian’s brother, said to IRLI. “This all could have been avoided so very easily if these cities that have these policies would have just let immigration do their job,” he continued.”

While state law supersedes anything passed at the local level, King County also has in place its own anti-immigration enforcement measures. An ordinance passed in November 2009 prohibits the county sheriff’s office from inquiring about an individual’s immigration status. King County includes the city of Seattle.

Concerned citizen’s tip leads to Border Patrol and Webb County Sheriff’s Office shutting down stash house

LAREDO, TEXAS –   Acting together on a tip from a concerned citizen, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Laredo South Station and Webb County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies closed down a “stash house” in Rio Bravo, Texas, and arrested 39 illegal aliens.

Border Patrol busts "stash house" for humans

Border Patrol arrests 39 illegal aliens. (Photo: Customs and Border Protection)

During the late morning of Sept. 30, the agents and deputies, acting on information of a possible stash house, apprehended 39 individuals who were determined to be in the United States illegally from the countries of Mexico and Guatemala.  Two of the individuals had active arrest warrants for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and were turned over to WCSO for extradition.  

None of the individuals were wearing any personal protective equipment (PPE).  With a noted increase in COVID-19 infections among detainees, the smuggling and housing of large groups of individuals in stash houses and close quarters without PPE not only endangers the people being smuggled, but the safety of our nation, a CBP spokesman said.

The CBP did not say who owned the stash house, nor how the undocumented individuals discovered or were directed to it.

Source: CBP – You can also follow CBP on their social media platforms on Twitter and Instagram @usbpchieflrt and @usbpdepchieflrt and on Facebook at US Border Patrol Laredo Sector. 

Yuma-area Border Patrol Agents arrest convicted child molester, two companions

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Station Border Patrol agents apprehended a male previously convicted of child molestation as he attempted to make illegal entry into the United States on Sept. 29.

Symbol of the Border Patrol, Yuma SectionAt approximately 3:40 p.m., agents working in the Imperial Sand Dunes area apprehended a group of three Mexican nationals. During processing, agents identified one subject who had various criminal and administrative convictions, including felony child molestation. He was removed from the United States in 2013 from Texas.

The man, whose name was not released, will be prosecuted for re-entry as a previously deported aggravated felon, the Border Patrol said. The other two Mexican nationals were arrested and returned to Mexico.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

ICE, Border Patrol raid of Chaparral stash house results in 57 arrests

CHAPARRAL, N.M. – Continuing a recent trend, U.S. Border Patrol and ICE agents discovered a crowded stash house containing 48 illegal aliens last week.

El Paso Border Patrol Agents investigating a potential smuggling scheme encountered seven illegal aliens near the El Paso International Airport. The illegal aliens provided information that led to the discovery of four dozen other illegal aliens inside the stash house in Chaparral, New Mexico.

CPB, 2 agents at the border fence

Standing in front of a stretch of border wall.

Following the discovery, a lawfully admitted permanent resident and his wife were arrested on smuggling charges. The aliens from Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico also were arrested, making a total of 57 people taken into custody.

The Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) Agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deportation Officers (ICE-DO) took part in the arrests.

The stash house discovery comes on the heels of a recent take-down last month where 32 persons were found inside of an El Paso, Texas, stash house in the Lower Valley.

 “Border Patrol Agents, joined by HSI and ICE-DO identified a stash house with 48 illegal aliens inside a Chaparral, New Mexico residence,” stated El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez. “This incident demonstrates the continued exploitation by transnational criminal organizations who repeatedly use humans for profit regardless of the inherent risks including the potential for the spread of COVID-19 during the ongoing pandemic.”