In another instance of immigration fraud in the US, a Mexican man was arrested for smuggling 26 illegal immigrants into the US.
In February 2020, Border Patrol discovered 26 illegal immigrants in the back of a tractor-trailer at Highway 86 checkpoint in California at Salton City.
The California ID supplied by the 32-year old Mexican was found to be fake. Police dogs were later alerted to the rear cargo of the tractor-trailer where the 26 people were discovered.
Aged between 16 and 56 years old, the illegal immigrants also included a male and a female juvenile.
An image released by the Customs and Border Patrol [CBP] shows the people sitting in the bed area of the vehicle. At the time of the bust, all of the illegal immigrants were seen either with their hands in the air, behind their heads, or where the agents could see their hands clearly.
Pictured sitting with their backs against the side walls of the truck, many of the immigrants being smuggled were dressed lightly in casual caps, hooded sweaters, and jeans.
The driver will be facing criminal proceedings. The immigrants found in the tractor-trailer will be processed on a case-by-case basis.
According to the Chief Patrol Agent, Gloria I. Chavez, the undocumented immigrants were found to be locked and trapped inside the tractor-trailer in “below 45 degree weather with no safety restraints”.
As per the agents, the smuggling organization disregarded the safety of the people that were being smuggled.
Each of the undocumented persons, along with the juveniles, was placed under arrest.
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