Two DACA recipients arrested for involvement in human smuggling in California

31 January, 2018, 09:40 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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"It wasn't politically motivated", Border Patrol public information officer Theron Francisco told City News Service this morning.

The truck was referred to a secondary inspection, which led to the discovery of the trailer's human cargo, according to the CBP.

The public is asked to report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

In the second incident at a border checkpoint, a 22-year-old DACA recipient was stopped and admitted he was scouting for the coyotes who smuggle illegals across the U.S. -Mexico frontier.

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In another incident, agents received a tip from a citizen who observed a suspected smuggling incident near Torrey Pines State Beach on January 24, 2018. They determined that the driver was from Salinas and enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shielded some undocumented people from immigration enforcement as long as they met certain conditions. The four other occupants of the truck were Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States.

Tractor-trailer smuggling is not all too uncommon and is in fact one of the trends that is affecting our border.

The driver, a USA citizen, was arrested and his truck was seized by Customs and Border Protection agents.

The man is now being held in Department of Homeland Security custody.

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After stopping the truck, the driver was identified as the 26-year-old DACA recipient, the agency said.

Both the driver and his cousin admitted to participating in human smuggling.

Olmos, the local Border Patrol spokesman, said the agency has issued releases like this in the past, specifying the status of the arrested such as B1 or B2 visas.

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