100 Immigrants, Including Kids, Found Living in Filthy One-Bathroom House

More than 100 people, including 2 young children, thought to be illegal immigrants from Mexico have been discovered living in a squalid suspected "stash house" outside of Houston. Police raided the single-family home and found people reportedly sitting on top of one another and surrounded by "filthy" conditions that included trash bags piled high and overflowing with old clothing, a mattress on the floor, just one bathroom with a partially working toilet, and absolutely no hot water. In addition to finding 94 men who were dressed in their undergarments with no shoes on, cops also discovered 15 women -- including a 24-year-old who is pregnant and has a 7-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy -- lying around in several small rooms.

Police believe several people found in the home are part of a human smuggling operation. The house received attention after the pregnant mom called authorities to report that the man who was paid to bring them across the border refused to let them escape the house until he received more money. As a result, five men have been arrested.

According to some of the women in the house, they had been there for as few as 3 days and as long as 15 days. They reportedly didn't have enough food or water to sustain them and many hadn't slept -- which isn't at all surprising given the fact that they were crammed into a 1,500-square-foot space.

I can't imagine, as a mom, how horrific the conditions in my home country would have to be for me to risk my children's health by secretly crossing the border to bring them into a strange, totally unfamiliar environment. Rather than judge these folks, I feel it's important we try to understand how heartbreaking it must be to so desperately want a better life for ourselves and our children that we're willing to live in squalor while here.

I hope authorities can find a safe and clean shelter for these children until they decide on the best, and most lawful action, to take.

What do you believe should happen to the people and children found living in this house? 

 

Image via EdmondMeinfelder/Flickr

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nonmember avatar Tired

The article you quoted states that the presumed illegal immigrants are primarily from GUATEMALA. They mention other Latin American countries along with Mexico. However, I'm your article you say they are from Mexico. Articles like this perpetuate the wrong idea that all illegals are Mexican. Just because they come THRU Mexico, does not make them Mexican. As far as the legal to do? Well if they are not legal residents, then send them back.

Rando... Randomlady

what do I believe they should do with them? Send them back. More likely what is going to happen to these people is they are all going to be awarded citizenship and live in section 8 housing with foodstamps and no need to get a job. American Dream achieved!

calim... calimomma707

since you feel so bad for her bringing her kids into our country illegally, maybe they will let you sponsor her, you can pay for the food, rent, health care ect.( can you throw in some planned parenthood?) sounds like you dont mind doing that for the rest of the illegal population on our dime, and oh yeah, i dont have to judge anyone to know that illegal entry is wrong and hurts us all. i didnt put her in this situation or get her pregnant did i. those poor kids, to have to go on like this because their mother put them in this situation to start with. my tax $ are better served to help AMERICANS.

Amber Richardson

Even Immigrants are called Illigal now adays and treated like shit. FYI, Let me know if you see any ACCUALL Americans

curly... curlygirl31

If you were from where they are you would do any thing possible to excape to the u.s.

calim... calimomma707

but im not so I don't. if you feel so bad for them let them stay with you.

nonmember avatar Ccc

Wow, I can't believe the heartless comments. We forget that the world isn't like the US. Try actually traveling to one of these countries and see how people live. They don't come here became they want to, most come because they are in such desperate situations that they are willing to risk their lives and put up with the hate just to be able to not worry àbout what they are going to eat that day or if they are going to eat. It's so easy to generalize and make such comments as "deport them". I a agree let's deport the criminals but is the hate necessary? A lot of these people if given the chance would become productive members of society. I bet you there are more citizens on welfare and food stamps than immigrants. Just think before you make harsh comments. We are blessed to live in a country where we have no idea what these people have gone through.

Forre... Forreal77

Callimomma...I agree with you 100 percent

nonmember avatar Karma

@calimomma it's called empathy. I feel bad for these people and I feel bad for your kids too. So sad they have a heartless bitch for a "mother."

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