More than six dozen illegal aliens, including children, were found in stash houses — likely operated by the Mexican drug cartels — in an affluent region of Washington, D.C., an incipient report reveals.

The “stash houses,” as they are known to investigators, were found in the largely affluent area of Northwest Washington, the official confirmed. The development was first reported by NBC.

Illegal immigrants are regularly brought into the U.S. by human smugglers, who often charge thousands of dollars and are tied to drug cartels.

Internal documents obtained by NBC News reveal that US Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement (ICE) agents found 73 illegal migrants living inside six residential homes believed to be operated by human smugglers. Of those 73 migrants, there were 60 adults and 13 children.

An ICE spokesperson declined to comment on specifics, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.

The migrants were discovered during an operation carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations team, which targeted the homes of the reported human smugglers, according to documents.

The agents seized $95,000, along with some cocaine, the documents state.

The operation was conducted in the Northwest area of Washington, DC, which is considered to be an affluent area with a median house price of $750,000, according to Redfin data cited by NBC News.

More details of this report from The Daily Wire:

The news comes shortly after President Joe Biden’s administration agreed to fill gaps in part of the border wall, The Daily Wire reported. The decision was made even though Biden promised during the 2020 campaign that his administration would stop all future construction of a border wall.

The Department of Homeland Security said in a press release on Thursday that Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas had authorized the closure of “four gaps located within an incomplete border barrier project near the Morelos Dam in the U.S. Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector.” The press release noted that this section of the border, with its close proximity to the Colorado River, presented a safety risk to illegal immigrants trying to cross into the U.S.

The decision to close gaps in the wall in Arizona, where Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly faces re-election in November, also comes after Texas Governor Greg Abbott began sending illegal immigrants from Texas to Washington, D.C.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Thursday called Texas and Arizona’s move to send illegal immigrants to a Democrat-controlled city “a humanitarian crisis,” prompting a response from Abbott.

“With pledges from Texas and Arizona to continue these abhorrent operations indefinitely, the situation is dire, and we consider this a humanitarian crisis — one that could overwhelm our social support network without immediate and sustained federal intervention,” Bowser wrote in a letter requesting help from the National Guard to control the situation.

Sources: TheDailyWire, NBC News 

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