As this site has chronicled, illegal border crossings into the United States from Canada have seen a sharp rise in recent years, as much of the focus on border security has been placed on America’s neighbor to the south.
Last weekend, that trend continued, as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents from the Champlain, NY Border Patrol Station, located on the border with Canada, arrested nine people in connection with two failed smuggling operations.
“On February 28, Border Patrol agents stopped a vehicle on U.S. Route 11 near Mooers,” a CBP press release said. “During the stop, the agents confirmed that the occupants were six citizens of Mexico, four who entered the United States illegally and not at a designated port of entry.”
The illegal aliens, along with the driver, were transported to the Border Patrol Station for processing. The illegal aliens were charged with Improper Entry by Alien.
CBP later determined that the driver, also an illegal alien from Mexico, had been previously charged with Alien Smuggling, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
But CBP’s work was not finished for the weekend.
“In a separate event on February 29, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Champlain Border Patrol Station arrested three individuals who entered the United States illegally and not at a designated port of entry,” the press release said.
They, too, were citizens of Mexico who were arrested and charged with Improper Entry by Alien.
The Rundown News previously reported on the uptick of illegal alien crossings at the northern border:
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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