By Ryan Zunner
Agents from the U.S. Border Patrol arrested 23 suspected illegal aliens in Hamburg Monday afternoon, inside the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at the intersection of Southwestern and Sowles Road. Several Border Patrol, as well as Town of Hamburg Police, vehicles were on scene for over two hours arresting the 23 people who were apparently being transported through the area by two white cargo vans.
Local media reports that officials from the Border Patrol and its parent agency, Customs and Border Protection, are not releasing much information on the arrest at this time. They have said however, that this mass arrest was completely random, part of a regular patrol, and not the result of an organized raid. They have also released the nationalities of those arrested, and their countries of origin are all located in Central and South America.
Those officials also said that the convenience store is not connected to the arrests.
Those arrested will be transported to a federal facility in Batavia where they will be processed and held. They will eventually be processed through federal immigration court, which is also located in Batavia.
This is the second large immigration arrest that has occurred in Western New York in the past several months. Back in October, agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) capped off a two and half year investigation with a raid on four area Mexican restaurants. In that raid, 22 suspected illegal aliens were arrested, along with three people who were involved in the management of the restaurants.