Jaeson Jones of Breitbart News reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials confirmed raiding over 160 human smuggling stash houses in South Texas so far this fiscal year.
On August 27th, CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan retweeted a video from U.S. Border Patrol Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz depicting a recent stash house raid being carried out in Laredo, Texas.
With two months left in Fiscal Year 2020, the agency revealed in a post that it has already raided 160 stash houses, extracted over 1,600 people from these locations, and has seized stash house data as well. Stash house data is highly valued by law enforcement officials. Further, law enforcement officials usually want to acquire this data to determine the level of smuggling and trafficking that criminal networks are engaged in around the southwest border. Acquiring such data is no easy task.
Human smuggling operations are a crucial part of the Mexican cartels’ smuggling and trafficking networks at the border. Smugglers operating around the border rely on halcones (Spanish for falcons or hawks) as lookouts.
Jones described what these lookouts used on the border in order to facilitate their operations:
The scouts utilize two-way handheld encrypted radios and encrypted apps on cell phones like Zello. The scouts communicate directly back to Mexican smuggling and trafficking cells that work directly in collaboration with the Mexican cartels.
Through this network, hundreds of thousands of pounds of illegal drugs and hundreds of thousands of people are smuggled into American annually as they do all they can to escape law enforcement.
Jones explained the purpose of these networks:
The goal for these criminal networks is to get the product (drugs or humans) across the border and into a stash house as quickly and rapidly as possible in order to evade law enforcement. Stash houses are an important component in smuggling as they provide a blanket that masks criminal activity along the border.
Human smuggling is one of the many problems originating from Mexico, which has become a veritable failed state. U.S. policymakers will need to start taking border security seriously and keep mass migration in check as a means of preventing many of Mexico’s problems from spilling over into the U.S.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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