The result of congressionally mandated unannounced inspections of CBP holding facilities. (Link at oig.dhs.gov)
Caption: “Brutal bailout: #Laredo Sector #USBP agents attempted to pull over a truck with a livestock trailer that evaded checkpoint inspection on Hwy. 359. The driver later bailed out, leaving 37 aliens locked in the trailer.”
Caption: “Laredo Sector #USBP agents, working together w/ @webb_county sheriff’s office apprehended 26 aliens in deplorable conditions at a stash house in East Laredo.”
Caption: “Over the course of a busy 24 hours, #USBP agents apprehended a huge number of individuals inside a tractor trailer at the Interstate 35 (I-35) Border Patrol checkpoint and at a stash house in south #Laredo.”
A report from Laredo, Texas, where the Trump administration’s plan to build a tall wall along the city’s riverfront is broadly and deeply unpopular.
Caption: “USBP Laredo Sector BORSTAR and MRT agents rendered life-saving aid to two juveniles after they were spotted on a ranch by @CBPAMO.”
- Chief patrol agent in the Big Bend sector Matthew Hudak becomes chief in the Laredo sector upon the retirement of Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez. The Laredo, Texas, sector is characterized by constant apprehensions and rescues of migrants traversing the expansive mountainous areas in the region.
Caption: “A #USBP Laredo Sector agents and @CBPAMO
pursuit ended with a vehicle splashing down in the Rio Grande. 371.5 lbs of marijuana were seized.”
Caption: “Teamwork: A joint enforcement action with Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents, Homeland Security Investigations and Webb County deputy constables uncovered a stash house in South Laredo with 33 undocumented aliens from Mexico.”
- Dennis Nixon, CEO of the International Bank of Commerce in Laredo, Texas, releases a statement criticizing the Trump administration’s plan to build 69 miles of wall through Laredo’s historic downtown. Nixon states that while a majority of Texans support the president’s border security efforts, they do not necessarily support a wall, and especially not one that damages Texan cities, cuts citizens off from the Rio Grande, and divides them from their neighbors in Mexico.
- According to a CBP spokesman, about half of the 250 landowners in the path of the 69-mile project planned for Laredo, Texas have signed rights of entry to allow the government to survey for the wall. There has not been much construction in Texas due to private property disputes. The administration has sued landowners throughout the year and progressed into the second round of lawsuits in some regions.
- The Trump administration’s 69-mile border construction plans in Laredo, Texas, would cut right through the city’s historic downtown. The Laredo City Council leads the charge against the wall, as the federal government recently sued the city for refusing access to 1,000 acres of city-owned riverfront. The issue is currently pending before a local federal judge.
Caption: “A brazen human smuggler led multiple agencies on a lengthy pursuit on May 15, when agents tried to conduct a vehicle stop on a pickup truck. @CBPAMO kept visual contact by air. 6 people were arrested, and 7 absconded into Mexico.”
Caption: “Smugglers continue to treat migrants like commodities. Since March 21, we’ve seen 28 smuggling cases involving tractor-trailers in RGV & Laredo Sectors.”
- CBP awards the Alabama-based Caddell Construction Company a $275 million contract to construct approximately 14 miles of contiguous border wall system in Webb County, Texas. The project is funded by CBP’s Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations and construction is set to begin in January 2021 “pending availability of real estate.”
Tweet from Border Patrol’s Laredo Sector Chief does not describe the apprehension depicted here.
- Exercising eminent domain powers, the Trump administration sues an orphanage to obtain temporary access to the property to plan for border construction. In the easement, the federal government offers the Sacred Heart Children’s Home of Laredo, Texas, $100 as “just compensation,” for year-long grant of access to the 68-acre property.
“Continually increasing pattern since the end of last month, Border Patrol Laredo Sector agents disrupted yet another large human smuggling attempt at the checkpoint.”
- CBP reports that a traffic stop performed by the Laredo North Border Patrol in Texas resulted in the apprehension of 28 individuals smuggled in a tractor-trailer. The individuals were from Mexico, Guatemala, and Ecuador.
- CBP reports the seizure of approximately 3,350 pounds of marijuana within a commercial shipment at the Laredo port of entry in Texas. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $651,856.