As Texans living along the southern border struggle to handle a surge in illegal border crossings, United States Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien in El Paso for operating a stash house near an elementary school.

Agents arrested Omar Eduardo Roman Castorena last week after he admitted to living in the U.S. illegally and running a stash house for human smugglers.

At the time of his arrest, Castorena was harboring 14 illegal aliens.

The house Castorena operated was within walking distance of an elementary school near Alameda Avenue in El Paso.

Court documents report that Castorena said he began operating the stash house for the man who smuggled him across the border “because he needed money to pay for his mother’s surgery.”

Castorena told the agents he was responsible for picking up illegal aliens near the existing border wall in El Paso, taking them back to the stash house, and keeping them from leaving the property.

He also stated that part of his job “was to take care” of the individuals he brought to the stash house, and that he had harbored 50-70 illegal aliens during his time at the property.

Castorena’s arrest comes as Texans struggle to manage the invasion along the southern border.

During a campaign stop in Eagle Pass earlier this week, Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis unveiled his plan to secure the border.

DeSantis said Texas has “a right to declare an invasion” and called for using physical force to repel illegal aliens from the border. He criticized current federal and state leaders for failing to solve the border crisis.

“When I’m president, your state, people here, will be able to deport across the border, 100 percent,” said DeSantis. “But I think they should be doing that right now.”

While DeSantis calls for action along the border, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is continuing his strategy to bus illegal aliens farther into the U.S.

Abbott’s busing scheme has delivered more than 21,000 illegal aliens to “sanctuary” cities such as D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Denver—a mere drop in the bucket compared to the hundreds of thousands who have entered Texas illegally in the past two years, leaving devastation in their wake.

Abbott sent the latest bus of illegal aliens to Los Angeles, California, a self-declared “sanctuary city” earlier this month.

“Los Angeles is a major city that migrants seek to go to, particularly now that its city leaders approved its self-declared sanctuary city status,” said Abbott. “Our border communities are on the frontlines of President Biden’s border crisis, and Texas will continue providing this much-needed relief until he steps up to do his job and secure the border.”

DeSantis is also busing illegal aliens north—including to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Texas Scorecard has premiered Exposed: Border Invasion, the highly acclaimed podcast series’ fifth season, where you can learn more about what’s happening on the border and why.

Katy Marshall

Katy graduated from Tarleton State University in 2021 after majoring in history and minoring in political science.