Border Patrol agents in Laredo, Texas, discovered 76 undocumented immigrants inside the back of a tractor-trailer Friday.
The immigrants were found on January 26 at a checkpoint on north Highway 83. Thirteen unaccompanied children were among those rescued in this event.
During this inspection, agents said they found 76 undocumented immigrants from Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
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In a second incident, last Wednesday, agents received a citizen's tip about a suspected smuggling incident near Torrey Pines State Beach.
The spate of arrests is a black eye for the DACA program, which President Obama ordered created in 2012 to protect young adult illegal immigrants from deportation and give them a foothold in US society.
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"These criminal organizations view these individuals as mere commodities without regard for their safety".
Border Patrol arrested two DACA recipients in separate incidents for their involvement in human smuggling, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Agents later arrested another man, a 25-year-old United States citizen, who was associated with this smuggling scheme.
The Laredo Border Patrol warns Texans about the dangers of entering the country illegally.
The truck driver, James Matthew Bradley Jr., that he was not aware of the illegal stowaways.to the deadly human-smuggling operation and could face life in prison.
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