Woman charged with smuggling immigrants after claiming to be Uber driver

Woman charged with smuggling immigrants after claiming to be Uber driver
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An Arizona woman was arrested last week and charged with smuggling migrants into the U.S. after initially claiming they were her Uber passengers.

The Las Cruces Sun News reported Wednesday that 33-year-old Evelyn Limas was arrested on Saturday after being caught driving 10 immigrants without legal status in her van and initially telling Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers that her passengers were in fact Uber customers.


Agents became suspicious, according to court documents obtained by the Sun News, after Limas mistakenly told them she was driving them to a city located in the opposite direction from the one in which she was traveling.

She now faces one count of felony smuggling of immigrants. Information on her plans for a plea in court were not immediately available, and she reportedly declined to comment to agents after her arrest without a lawyer present.

The ten immigrants in the vehicle, who were all detained, told agents that they were from Mexico and said in some cases that they had agreed to pay thousands of dollars to be successfully smuggled into the country.

News of Limas's arrest comes as the Trump administration has initiated another crackdown on immigrants with deportation orders who are still living in the U.S. Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are expected to begin raids in 10 major cities on Saturday, targeting at least 2,000 people previously scheduled for removal from the country.

The raids, originally announced in June, were delayed by the president last month in order to give congressional lawmakers time to reach a deal on new asylum restrictions, which are opposed by a majority of Democrats in the House.

Trump announced that the raids were back on in early July, telling reporters that “after July 4, a lot of people are going to be brought back out."