Literally, illegal aliens are arriving in Texas via 18-wheelers. No criminal charges, no arrests. They’re ‘processed’.
Weatherford Police received a call Sunday evening about 6:30 p.m. to come to the Truck and Travel Truck Stop, saying an 18-wheeler truck briefly stopped there and unloaded almost three dozen illegal immigrants before it took off again. Weatherford Police reported that the aliens were likely from Mexico and/or Honduras.
The police were able to locate most, if not all, of the newly imported aliens, finding them walking in the parking lot and on the roadway, tired, hot and hungry, having been traveling in the trailer of the truck all day. 34 people were found, a mixture of men and women, including 3 teens under 17 years old.
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They told police that they had paid someone to smuggle them into the country at the El Paso/Juarez border. The smuggler had kept them temporarily at a house in El Paso, then contracted with a truck driver to take them to Dallas, but the trucker stopped in Weatherford and unloaded them there. The aliens had no idea where they were.
According to Weatherford Police:
There are no state laws relating to being an undocumented immigrant or illegal immigrant, so that is why our agency contacted INS Officials to handle it on the federal level. None of the individuals have been charged with a criminal offense and none of them were arrested. The individuals were only detained on an INS hold and housed at the Parker County Jail last night. The juveniles were taken to the Weatherford Police Department.
Border Patrol agents picked up the immigrants today and are currently processing them in Abilene. There is no evidence at this point that any of the individuals were being held against their will or being held for forced labor. All indications appear to be non-U.S. citizens attempting to enter the country illegally to find work by utilizing an organized human smuggling group. Due to the heat and traveling conditions, these individuals are very lucky that no one had any significant medical issues.
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