Customs and Border Patrol arrested ten individuals present in the United States illegally in California last week, catching the aliens in the hire of a private firefighting company.
Ten Mexican nationals, nine men and one woman, were arrested at an immigration checkpoint on Highway 86 in southern California on August 12th. The individuals were traveling for their work as a privately contracted fire crew for an Oregon-based company. A CBP investigation revealed that nine of the ten unlawful immigrants were using social security numbers belonging to living and deceased Americans to obtain employment in the United States. Three illegals were also caught possessing fraudulent permanent resident documents.
#IDENTITYTHEFT: 10 illegal aliens arrested by #USBP El Centro claiming to be wild-land #firefighters 🔥 certified by Oregon state. Further inquiry revealed 9 of the 10 suspects had illegally obtained the SS numbers of USCs, including that of a child & 2 deceased persons. #caught pic.twitter.com/GDAub8uHoi
— USBP Chief Patrol Agent Gregory K. Bovino (@USBPChiefELC) August 18, 2020
The social security fraudsters have been referred for prosecution on identity theft grounds, and have been transported to CBP’s Central Processing Center for processing. Investigation into the sophisticated identity theft operation is ongoing.
CBP issued a press release on the matter on Thursday.
After a months-long slowdown in illegal immigration attributed to the coronavirus, international drug and human smuggling organizations have sharply increased their activities in July and August, hoping to recoup some of the lost profits they have incurred in 2020. Some of the strictest border control and immigration enforcement policies in decades remain in place, with DHS and CBP utilizing special expulsion policies that allow illegal aliens to be repatriated in hours as an alternative to the byzantine and costly immigration court system.
It’s a major security risk to have illegal aliens working in the sensitive field of emergency management and firefighting, not to mention impersonating the identity of American citizens.
Arizona Border Patrol Officer Stabbed Multiple Times, Shoots and Kills Criminal Alien
A Border Patrol officer patrolling the US-Mexico border shot and killed a man who stabbed him multiple times in Southern Arizona on Monday night.
CBP officials reported that the unnamed agent was patrolling near the transnational city of Nogales, Arizona, when he encountered a group of individuals he suspected to be aliens entering the country illegally. One man accompanying them group attacked the agent when he sought to apprehend the aliens, stabbing him multiple times.
The CBP agent went on to fatally shoot the alien, who may have been a smuggler moving a group of illegal migrants across the border. Deputies of the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office were called to provide backup, and the Border Patrol agent that was stabbed had to be airlifted to a Tucson hospital early on Tuesday morning. Fortunately, he was released from the hospital later the same day.
Cartel-affiliated criminal smugglers have increasingly sought to infiltrate the United States in Arizona, hoping to avoid a buffed border patrol presence in Texas and new wall construction in the most trafficked areas of the border.
Preliminary reports indicate that the Border Patrol agent may have been alone when he encountered the smuggler’s group of criminal aliens, a hazard that has resulted in violent attacks on Border Patrol agents by cartel-affiliated criminals before.
The FBI is reportedly investigating the incident. It’s unclear if the group of aliens encountered by the agent have been expelled under special coronavirus immigration regulations, transferred into the custody of immigration detention, or simply allowed to proceed into the country.
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