Texas Border Patrol Helps Rescue Missing Montana Teen

A 16-year-old girl who left her home in Bozeman, MT, in mid-January was located by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Texas earlier this week.

“Police in Bozeman, Mont., said 16-year-old Gaberielle Harding left her home on Jan. 20 and had been in Clatskanie, Ore., around Jan. 25,” according to Border Report. “Bozeman police said she was seen with 20-year-old Zachary Green Littlepage.”

According to Montana CBS affiliate KXAN, Harding left her home in Bozeman willingly with Littlepage. Still, her leaving sparked an intensive search for the teen.

She was later found with the man in Texas, thanks to CBP.

“On Jan. 31, Border Patrol agents staffing the Sierra Blanca checkpoint encountered a teen and man in a vehicle that matched the description provided by Bozeman police,” KXAN reported.

The agents arrested Littlepage and charged him with custodial interference, a felony. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is assisting Harding.

“This is a great example of agents being diligent in their duties,” Big Bend Border patrol Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak reportedly told Montana NBC affiliate KECI. “I’m proud of their work and happy that the missing juvenile was rescued.”

CBP credited the FBI, as well as Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for assisting in locating the girl. HSI often works with U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) to investigate potential illegal alien criminals.

All three organizations often find themselves under fire from the political left for their work securing America’s borders. But in this case, they proved that that’s not all they do.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called for the abolishment of the entire Department of Homeland Security, which encompasses all three federal law enforcement agencies, last year. That set off a wave of outrage from the political right, and support from the far-left.

Radically left nonprofit The Gravel Institute agreed with Ocasio-Cortez.

“Push ICE down the stairs, abolish the Department of Homeland Security; borders that are open for capital should be open for labor. Immigrants aren’t a crisis, they’re human beings,” the group said.

GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel noted the absurdity of the idea in a September Tweet:

But Harding’s case proves that CBP and HSI exist for more than the sole purpose of deporting illegal aliens.

If they had been abolished as Democrats have demanded, a missing girl would not have been found thousands of miles from home.


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