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Human smuggling attempt at checkpoint leads to stash house

The discovery of 40 immigrants inside a trailer led authorities to a stash house in south Laredo with an additional 22 immigrants, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Oct. 5.

A blue tractor hauling a white trailer arrived on Oct. 1 at the U.S. 83 checkpoint. The driver, later identified as Eloy Martinez-Carranza, claimed to be a Mexican citizen with a valid employment authorization card. During his immigration inspection, a K-9 unit allegedly alerted to the presence of people or narcotics within the trailer.

Agents instructed Martinez-Carranza to drive to the secondary area for further inspection. There, agents removed the seal that secured the trailer doors and discovered 40 people who were determined to be immigrants who were illegally present in the country, according to court documents. Agents allegedly recorded the temperature inside the trailer as 109 degrees Fahrenheit.

Homeland Security Investigations special agents responded to investigate the smuggling attempt. Martinez-Carranza allegedly agreed to talk to special agents without an attorney present. Martinez-Carranza stated that a man picked him up at the hotel he was staying in Laredo and drove him to the location of the tractor-trailer, which was located behind the Target on Interstate 35.

“Martinez-Carranza stated the male gave him one $1,200 for payment and diesel and informed him the paperwork for the shipment was in the tractor. Martinez-Carranza stated he noticed the trailer had a seal securing the doors, so he did not check the contents of the trailer,” states the affidavit.

Martinez-Carranza stated he was told he would be delivering car parts. But authorities found no information on the company Matinez-Carranza claimed he was working for. He was arrested and charged with transport, attempt to transport and conspire to transport the immigrants.

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White House Reportedly Overruled CDC’s Attempt to Extend ‘No-sail Order’ Into 2021

The White House blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s attempt to extend its “No-Sail Order” on cruise ships in U.S. waters until next year, according to reports.



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The order, which prevents “cruise ships with the capacity to carry at least 250 passengers in waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction” from sailing, has been in effect since March, and extended multiple times, was set to expire on Thursday. While Robert Redfield, the director of the CDC, pushed to once again extend it until February 2021, he was overruled, Axios first reported, citing a conversation in the White House Situation Room.



a large ship in the water: The CDC intended to push the order to February of next year.


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The CDC intended to push the order to February of next year.

Instead, per Axios, the Trump administration plans to extend the order to October 31 — a date that aligns with the decision by the Cruise Lines International Association to postpone ocean sailings in U.S. waters until at least November. The CLIA represents major cruise lines around the world.

Republican politicians in Florida, where a large contingent of the U.S. cruise industry is based, and cruise industry lobbyists have called for an end to the “No-Sail Order,” The New York Times reported. The White House denied the move was political, Axios noted.

“The president, the vice president, and the task force follow the science and data to implement policies that protect the public health and also facilitate the safe reopening of our country,” White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern told Axios. “It is not about politics. It is about saving lives.”

While cruise ships may be able to launch in November, several lines have suspended sailings into next year, including Carnival Cruise Line, which canceled cruises until the spring and predicted it won’t see