As the border security spotlight is focused on the U.S. southern border with Mexico, criminal illegal aliens are increasingly attempting to cross into the United States from the north.
That was the case earlier this week, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) thwarted a human smuggling attempt in upstate New York.
“On February 15, Border Patrol agents stopped a vehicle on State Route 95 in Bombay,” a CBP press release said. “During the stop, the agents confirmed that the occupants were citizens of India who entered the United States illegally and not at a designated port of entry.”
The driver of the car was also a citizen of India present in the United States illegally, and was arrested by immigration authorities. He was charged with smuggling crimes.
“Alien smuggling is a felony, which carries a penalty of a fine and up to 5 years in prison for each violation,” the press release said.
Illegal border crossings from the north are on the rise, according to CBP data.
In fiscal year 2018, CBP apprehended nearly 1000 illegal aliens traveling south into the United States from Canada. That was an increase from 504 in 2017.
According to an NBC report, CBP believes that there is a sophisticated smuggling operation to bring people into the United States from Canada.
Richard Ross, a border patrol agent in Newport, VT, said that smugglers were “exploiting the fact that there’s an easier way to make it legally into Canada and then that provides some clientele to then be smuggled into the U.S.”
“Ross said he had encountered instances of immigrants lured to Canada with the promise of employment. Once they arrive and there are no jobs, they become ‘ready-made clientele’ for smugglers who charge them thousands more dollars,” according to the report.
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