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.

Liberals say let’s vote for ‘normalcy’, elect Biden; we say that would end the American dream

By Bruce Scott

Most of us have liberal friends and relatives who are voting for Joe Biden, not because they think he’s a wonderful choice, but because they hate Donald J. Trump. Maybe they think Trump’s rudeness outweighs all his accomplishments? Could it be they don’t know that Biden was the most corrupt vice president in history? That Joe Biden has a “For Sale” sign hung around his neck? After all, social media is suppressing stories about the Bidens’ international influence-buying scheme, as revealed on Hunter Biden’s laptop, and the mainstream media is working overtime to protect the Bidens.

Maybe your Democrat friends and relations just don’t have the same concerns you do. Maybe they view the world differently.

Social media giants are kicking conservatives off Facebook and Twitter, and slashing advertising for conservative news sites? Most liberals don’t know what you’re complaining about; nobody is cracking down on them or their opinions. But if they know about the censorship, they are in favor of it. They have no problem restricting your right to speak your mind. Your opinions are offensive — and the First Amendment you keep citing doesn’t apply to yelling “fire” in a crowded theater or saying things that offend them, or offend anyone else, either.

Democrats want to rewrite the Second Amendment? No problem. Joe Biden is planning to redefine the “right” to bear arms. According to his campaign website, he wants to ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.” He also wants to charge people who own AR-15s a retroactive fee of $200 per weapon.

no guns allowed “A tax of $200 on 18 million AR-15s means that gun owners could potentially be required to a pay a collective $3.6 billion in taxes, if this policy were enacted into legislation,” according to Breitbart News, one of the sites your Democrat compatriots believe should be banned.

Few liberals own guns, and the ones that do keep them safely locked up where no one will be tempted to use them. If they have an emergency or need help, they plan on calling 911 for the police they are planning to defund.

Tear down the border wall and open the country up to caravans of undocumented people? That’s a great idea, your liberal friends say. We should be more welcoming as a nation. We’ve been stealing other countries’ resources to enrich America, and we should make every effort to pay them back. Free healthcare for illegals — excuse me, undocumented workers? Another great idea; healthcare is a human right, like housing, food, education, clothing, etc. Who’s going to pay for it? Why, you will, of course, through higher taxes, or maybe the federal government will just print more money.

President Trump is working to keep illegal aliens, particularly criminal aliens, on the southern side of the border. As of Oct. 14, he has built more than 340 miles of wall at the United States-Mexico border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection continues to arrest smugglers, convicted sex offenders and other criminals attempting to cross into the United States.

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Give preferential treatment to minorities and illegal aliens over white men and native-born citizens? Your liberal friends and relations think this is another good idea. California, which often serves as the progressive model for the rest of the nation, is attempting to overturn Proposition 209, approved by voters in 1996, which abolished affirmative action. Instead, California’s Democratic triumvirate — Dems control the governorship, House and Senate — want to pass Proposition 16, which would allow the state to discriminate in favor of minorities. It’s on the state ballot this November.

According to the Los Angeles Times, passage of Prop. 16 would allow public universities, including the University of California and California State systems, to consider race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin to address diversity in admissions and other programs. Both state and local governments would be allowed to consider those same factors when hiring government employees and awarding government contracts. Conservatives look at this as “reverse discrimination,” liberals as a way to overcome “systemic racism” and achieve “equality” by institutionalizing new forms of discrimination.

women in prison Speaking of discrimination, vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, as a district attorney and attorney general, cracked down on poor people and addicts, while turning a blind eye to police and prosecutorial corruption. Biden is one of the key architects of the failed, immoral War on Drugs, and shares responsibility for locking up tens of thousands of people, mostly minority members, on minor drug offenses. Donald Trump, on the other hand, is the architect of a successful, bipartisan criminal justice-reform bill that freed thousands of those individuals.

Federally funded, unrestricted abortion on demand, for any reason and at any time? Women’s rights are human rights, liberals say. When a counter-protester told one of the women marching against Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the Supreme Court that half of the aborted babies are female, she cogently replied, “I don’t give a f—.” Trump is one of the most pro-life presidents in history, another reason for liberals to hate him.

child labor safe-toys-from-china Trump wants to bring manufacturing back from China? The liberal position is this is a bad idea because it will increase global warming and hasten the end of the planet. (How Chinese manufacturing fails to contribute to climate change is never addressed.) In Trump’s first 30 months, before the pandemic, America added 314,000 manufacturing jobs. Your liberal relatives don’t need a job; they either have one that is considered “essential” (in government is best), or are retired.

Liberals believe in man-made climate change, which America is primarily responsible for, but do not believe in God — at least, not with a big “G.” Trump believes climate change is a scam, and God is real. Two more marks against him.

President Trump wants to replace a worn-out healthcare system, dubbed Obamacare, with a system that provides more choices and better service at less cost? The Democrats reply that he wants to abolish coverage of pre-existing conditions. This claim is a lie: Trump signed executive orders preserving coverage of pre-existing conditions. Your liberal relatives believe the lie. They watch CNN, the Big Three (CBS, ABC and NBC) and the Comedy channel. They listen to PBS on the radio, and look at “news” sites like the New York Times, Slate and Mother Jones. They never look at conservative news sites, which they consider fake. Self-affirmation is everything.

This Presidential race is a choice for freedom or Socialism? Your Democrat relatives and friends scoff at this idea. They don’t know, or care, that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been endorsed by both the Revolutionary Communist Party USA and Social Democrats USA (socialists). Democratic Socialists of America members are actively campaigning for Biden.

Hunter Biden in nice suit The Chinese Communist Party has made it clear it supports Biden, the man whose son made millions of dollars from deals with companies that have CCP connections. Hunter Biden was offered $10 million a year by China’s largest energy company for “introductions alone,” according to emails on his laptop.

Your liberal friends proclaim that Donald J. Trump has been endorsed by the KKK and the Taliban — claims the Washington Post repeated. The truth is former KKK leader David Duke did endorse Trump, but the president repudiated the endorsement. Spokesmen for the Taliban denied endorsing Trump, even as Trump rejected their (fake) endorsement.

When they fill out their ballots, many of your liberal friends and relatives will vote against Trump because they hate his combative personality. They will vote for Biden, who is being portrayed by Big Tech and the media as a genial, harmless grandfather — maybe a bit addled, but affable. His running mate, Kamala Harris, is heralded as a moderate black woman. In truth, Joe Biden is an avaricious thin-skinned bully, while Harris is a hard-core leftist with the most liberal voting record in the Senate.

Your liberal colleagues and relations may say they’re just voting for “a return to normalcy” when they choose the Democrat ticket. “No more crazy tweets,” they say. “Nobody calling the fake media ‘the fake media’.” They’re willing to overlook the fact that Biden is a Chinese puppet and even more corrupt than Hillary Clinton.

They may also be voting for more handouts. As a low-income voter we know says, you have to vote for Democrats because that’s where the money comes from, the government and the Democrats.

Don’t worry if Biden and Harris win, your liberal friends and relatives will tell you. They’ll mail cookies to you in the re-education camp.

Postscript: How will your leftist friends/relatives react when Donald J. Trump wins re-election?


President Trump Visits Prescott, AZ on Mon., Oct. 19

President Donald J. Trump will hold a “Make America Great Again!” rally in Prescott, Az. on Monday, Oct. 19 — at Noon, Arizona Time.

Get your tickets here. Details about the event are below:

Monday, October 19th at 12:00 PM MST
Prescott Regional Airport
6546 Crystal Lane, Prescott, AZ 86301

Doors Open: 9:00 AM (MST); Event Begins: 12:00 PM (MST); TICKETS

All attendees will be given a temperature check, masks which they are instructed to wear, and access to hand sanitizer. 

Please limit personal items and arrive early to expedite entrance into the venue – please note, NO homemade signs, banners, professional cameras with a detachable lens, tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, back packs or large bags will be permitted into the venue.

Trump holding rally in Tucson

Following his Prescott rally, Trump will host a rally at the Tucson International Airport at 3 p.m. Tickets for the Tucson event can be obtained HERE. Trump’s swing through Arizona will mark his sixth visit this year to a battleground state he considers extremely important to his re-election.

Donald Trump Jr. was in Mesa, Az. Thursday for a “Latter-day Saints for Trump” event, and Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and advisor, visited the area for a separate event over the past weekend. President Trump’s last visit to the Valley was Sept. 14 for a “Latinos for Trump” event in Phoenix. Vice president Mike Pence and the president’s sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, also have made recent visits to Arizona.

Democrats continue to pin their hopes on Joe “Beijing” Biden winning the state and presidency on vote-suppressing pollsters and Big Tech and the media’s ability to censor stories about the former vice president’s corruption.

Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Seizes Nearly a Million Dollars Worth of Drugs

EDINBURG, Texas – This weekend, Rio Grande Valley agents seized more than 400 pounds of marijuana, 15 pounds of methamphetamine, and over two pounds of heroin combined during three failed smuggling attempts.

Rio Grande Valley Sector agents working in La Rosita, Texas, observed several people carrying bundles of drugs on their backs as they walked away from the Rio Grande on Friday night, Oct. 9. The subjects continued walking north for awhile, then dropped their bundles and ran away, after apparently spotting approaching CPB agents.

Right: Bundles of pot seized by Border Patrol agents near San Diego last December. (Photo: Times of San Diego)

Agents secured the dropped bundles, which turned out to be marijuana weighing more than 253 pounds and worth more than $202,000. They attempted to locate the smugglers, but were unsuccessful.

12-26-19-Border-Patrol-Agents-Track-Drug-Mules-in-SD (Times of San Diego)

The following day, Oct. 10, Rio Grande City agents responded to a reported drug smuggling attempt involving several smugglers near La Grulla, Texas. Agents searching the suspected location found four abandoned bundles of marijuana weighing more than 184 pounds, worth more than $147,000. Agents were unable to locate the smugglers.

In addition, Rio Grande Valley border agents seized 15 pounds of methamphetamine and more than two pounds of heroin during a failed smuggling attempt. The drugs have a combined value of more than $565,000.

White House Chief: President Trump has mild coronavirus symptoms; Wapo roots for demise

President Trump at Minnesota rally

President Trump attends a rally in Minnesota (Photo: The Epoch Times)

UPDATE: President Trump was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center the evening of Oct. 5 and returned to the White House. Biden’s stopped asking to measure the blinds.

Washington, D.C. – White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows confirmed on Friday morning President Donald Trump was experiencing mild symptoms from the coronavirus after his positive test announced earlier.

“The president does have mild symptoms,” Meadows said Oct. 2 to reporters outside the White House.

According to Breitbart News, Meadows said that the White House continued to follow safety protocols and that the president was working from the residence of the building,

“The American people can rest assured that we have a president that is not only on the job, will remain on the job and I’m optimistic that he will have a very quick and speedy recovery,” Meadows said.

The Chief of Staff said that doctors were monitoring the president’s health and that they would provide an update later in the day.

“I think the great thing about this president is not only is he staying committed to working very hard on behalf of the American people,” he said. “His first question to me was how is the economy doing, how are the stimulus talks going on Capitol Hill.”

On Twitter, First Lady Melania Trump also revealed that she was experiencing mild symptoms of the virus.

The president had been scheduled to visit Tucson and Flagstaff, Arizona, on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6, respectively. There is no official word on whether surrogates will continue the president’s campaign for re-election in his absence.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post was evidently rooting for Trump’s death. In an opinion tweet, since deleted, the Wapo said “Imagine what it will be like to never have to think about Trump again.”

Washington Post tweet says imaging world without Trump

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.”

Border Patrol seizes over 16 pounds of meth

SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol Agents seized over 16 pounds of methamphetamine over the weekend in two separate events.

Border Patrol agents sidelined a commercial passenger bus as it approached the Highway 86 checkpoint on Sept. 26, directing it to secondary inspection area for an immigration inspection of its passengers. 

While in secondary inspection, agents noticed a man who appeared nervous and stuttering during his immigration interview. Agents received his consent to pat down his person for safety reasons. During the pat-down, an agent felt a stiff canvas-like material strapped to the man’s leg. When asked about it, the man admitted to having illegal drugs strapped to his thigh. Agents arrested the passenger, escorted him off the bus, and took him to the detention area for further processing. Agents safely removed a cellophane wrapped package duct-taped to the man’s thigh. The substance inside the package, which weighed about 1.14 pounds, tested positive for methamphetamine. The package of meth has an estimated value of $2,565. 

El Centro Sector agents turned over the passenger, a 28-year-old U.S. citizen, and the narcotics to the Border Crimes Suppression Team. 

methamphetamine powder The second incident occurred the afternoon of the following day when an individual near a campsite in Westmorland waved down a Border Patrol agent. The person said that a man driving a red off-road vehicle had abandoned a backpack and driven off as soon as he saw a marked Border Patrol vehicle approaching. Agents discovered multiple plastic-wrapped packages inside the backpack. Agents took the abandoned backpack and its contents to the Highway 86 checkpoint for processing. The substance inside the packages tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine.

The total weight of the meth was approximately 15.147 pounds, with an estimated value of $34,081. El Centro Sector agents turned over the narcotics to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Laredo Port of Entry CBP officers seize hard narcotics worth $10.1 million at World Trade Bridge

LAREDO, Texas — In four unrelated interdictions at the Laredo Port of Entry during the past week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized hard narcotics valued at $10.1 million at the World Trade Bridge.

The first enforcement action occurred on Sept. 21 when CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility at the Laredo Port of Entry encountered a truck from Mexico with manifesting a fifth wheel boom, often seen on tow trucks. The truck, a 2004 Ford F-150, and shipment were referred for further inspection by a canine and a non-intrusive imaging system inspection, which resulted in the discovery of 24 packages containing 59.17 pounds of alleged cocaine within the shipment.  The narcotics have an estimated street value of $456,280, said a spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO).

Later that evening, CBP officers referred a 2010 International tractor, hauling a shipment of foam chips, for a secondary inspection.  Inspection by a canine and x-ray machine led CBP officers to the discovery of a total of 130 packages containing 3,186.56 pounds of alleged marijuana buried within the shipment.  The narcotics have an estimated street value of $637,305, CBP said.

448 pounds of meth seized by Customs and Border Patrol at the Laredo, Texas border Baggies containing 448 pounds of methamphetamine seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas.

The third narcotics interception took place the following day, on Sept. 22, when CBP officers referred a 1999 Ford F-550 truck, carrying a shipment of brake parts, for a secondary inspection.  Aided by a canine and non-intrusive imaging system examination, CBP officers the discovered 200 packages containing 448.59 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the shipment.  CBP said the narcotics have an estimated street value of $ 8,971,840.

The fourth seizure occurred later that evening, when CBP officers referred a 2009 International trailer and its shipment of car parts for a secondary inspection.  Officers examined the merchandise, again using a canine and non-intrusive imaging system, and discovered two packages containing 2.16 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the shipment.  CBP said the narcotics have an estimated street value of $43,210.

Customs and Border Patrol said the narcotics from the four seizures have a combined, estimated street value of $10,108,635.

“International trade continues to show extraordinary growth, causing illicit drug traffickers to become bold in their attempts to smuggle contraband through commercial supply chains,” said Acting Port Director Andrew Douglas, Laredo Port of Entry.

CBP officers seized the narcotics.  The cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.

Source: Customs and Border Protection