The new face of illegal immigration

Austin American-Statesman:
Two men and a juvenile have been arrested after police say they stole a truck to smuggle immigrants, according to arrest affidavits.

Oscar Hernandez-Villanueva, 18, and Rosalio Tovar-Torres, 30, were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity — theft.

On Tuesday, Austin police were conducting surveillance on a 2003 Yukon Denali, which they said in the affidavit had been involved in several large truck thefts in the past. The trucks were stolen for human smuggling, police said in the affidavit.

Police said that they saw Tovar-Torres exit the Denali, which was parked at the Texas Department of Transportation offices at 7901 N. Interstate 35, and steal a 2001 Ford truck parked a few spaces away, the affidavit stated.

The drivers of the Denali and the truck switched vehicles with each other at a nearby Goodwill store, according to the affidavit, and drove south on U.S. 183.

When the vehicles arrived near the intersection of FM 973 and FM 812 in Southeast Austin, two unidentified people exited a green van, which then drove off, and entered the truck.

Police said in the affidavit that Tovar-Torres, who had been driving the truck, entered the Denali. Police followed the Denali to a convenience store a few miles away in the 1700 block of Coriander Drive, where Tovar-Torres, Hernandez-Villanueva and a juvenile were arrested.
The stolen trucks or SUVs are then used for human trafficking.  The trafficking customers are usually from Central America these days and they are taken to large cities all over the US to blend in and find jobs.   Police need to work with ICE to find those up the food chain in this operation.

It should be clear that we are far from securing our border from this type of operation.


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