Immigration agents arrested 40 more Latino illegal aliens overnight at Los Angeles International Airport as they attempted to board flights to New York, Chicago and Houston. The roundup was the fifth this week, bringing the nationwide arrest total to 246.
“This is a hideous operation,” INS District Director Ernest Gustafson said of the smuggling. “The reason they’re still showing up at the airport even though there’s been all the publicity is because these smugglers have drop houses here in Los Angeles and the humans are backing up at these locations. The smugglers are desperate. They’ve got to move them out, so they take a long shot and hope we won’t be at the airport.”