49 illegal immigrants found in southwest Houston home
March 24th 2012 · 4 Comments
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents said 49 illegal immigrants were found in the house in the 14300 block of Hiram Clark. Eleven of them were children.
Officials said they received an anonymous tip at 8:45 a.m. that people were being held against their will.
Two people ran from the home when officers arrived. They were not caught.
ICE agents said the people were apparently smuggled into the United States from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. They were taken to a detention center to determine how they got into the country.
The home was a rental. There was no furniture inside.
A fire broke out in the attic shortly after officers arrived. It was quickly extinguished.
Neighbors were shocked.
“I had no idea. Totally no idea,” neighbor Diane Williamson said.
A version of this column originally appeared in www.click2houston.com.
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