SAN ANTONIO- Twenty undocumented immigrants were discovered early this morning inside a small house on the south side. San Antonio police alerted ICE Agents to the house where 17 men and three women were arrested shortly after Monday morning.
While residents who live along the 200 block of Southolmes were very shocked to learn of the immigrants who were found living in a small house on their street, some of them said they were also very saddened to learn that those people risked it all for a better life in America.
Martha Villarreal who lives in the area said, “Because I think we are human and everybody needs to help others, I don't care about their nationality”. She added, “If I had known they were there, I’m sure I would have provided some food and some blankets, some work outside, but I didn't notice anything”.
Martha herself is an immigrant. She says both she and her husband migrated from Mexico 35 years ago only they came to the Untied States with legal status. But, still she doesn't forget the hardships that many endure for a better life.
Priscilla Segundo is more familiar with the house where the immigrants were arrested. She rented it sometime back.
“Well, I used to live in that house, it's pretty small and I can't believe 20 people used to live in there. It's really small. A bed probably fits in there and just a dresser”.
Priscilla and other neighbors say the house looked empty from the street and she had heard it was up for rent.
“It looked lonely; we passed by everyday, like no movement nothing”.
ICE agents are currently investigating the smuggling and harboring of the undocumented immigrants, however; no suspected smugglers have been identified.