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Border Patrol in Auburn, Maine uses biometric device to ID, arrest, deport illegal immigrant

AUBURN – US Customs and Border Patrol agents responded to a request for assistance from the Auburn Police Department on Sunday, September 29th about a man who had provided them multiple names and dates of birth to avoid being identified.

Utilizing a hand held biometric device, Border Patrol agents were able to identify the man using the device, which captures fingerprints and photographs. Agents determined the man was a Mexican national living in the United States illegally.

“The technology available to Border Patrol agents continues to evolve, and helps agents perform their duties quicker and safer while working in the field,” said Jason Owens, Chief Patrol Agent of the Border Patrol in Maine. 

Agents then transported the man to the Rangeley Border Patrol Station for processing. During the administrative portion of processing it was discovered that the man had been ordered-removed from the United States by an Immigration Judge on November 13, 2016.  

It was then revealed that a warrant for deportation had been issued on January 5, 2017 after the subject failed to appear for his court date. Additionally, the man admitted to agents that he re-entered the United States illegally through Arizona sometime back in 2010. He also told agents that he had been working and living in the states of Ohio, Indiana and Maine under false aliases since then.

“Sharing resources with other law enforcement partners in our communities helps promote the good relationships we have established,” said Chief Owens.

Securing the borders of the United States and cracking down on illegal immigration to make the streets of American safer has been a key focus of President Donald Trump. While work to secure the southern border has drawn most of the attention, border patrol officials in Maine have maintained a steady stream of high profile arrests through much of the past year in Maine.

In a press release, U.S. Customs and Border Protection provided a photo of a Grabba mobile device, which has been deployed around the country by U.S. Customs and Border Protection specifically for incidents such as in Auburn.

The news highlights that beyond the fundamental task of securing America’s border, technology plays a major role in the work of America’s border patrol and immigration officers.

Photo of a mobile biometric “Grabba” used by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

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