Border Patrol: Undocumented Mexican family made $150 for each immigrant sheltered

Border Patrol: Undocumented Mexican family made $150 for each immigrant sheltered

Documents revealed how immigrants would cross the border, stay at the family’s home and then continue to be smuggled up north.

Oscar Margain

McAllen, Texas — Running a human stash house can be quite profitable, as the Border Patrol suggests in recent court filings. Human traffickers earn thousands of dollars for hiding undocumented immigrants from authorities.

The KENS 5 Border Team followed up on the story that first broke a week ago. Information has surfaced that better explains what was going on behind closed doors.

A confession by a detained undocumented immigrant seeking to get past a border patrol check point in Falfurrias, Texas is what gave investigators the lead they needed to crack down on the human stash house.

On August 6, 29 undocumented immigrants from Mexico, Central America and China were arrested. Among them, 3 Mexicans who are accused of running the operation: Jesus Rodriguez Rivas, his wife, Bertha Salazar Aleman, and their nephew, Jonathan Ramirez Aleman.

Documents filed in federal court reveal how agents began surveilling the Edinburg home days prior to the raid.

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