JACKMAN, ME – A quick thinking citizen probably saved the lives of five Mexican nationals who illegally crossed into the United States last Tuesday. While the citizen likely saved their lives, the citizen also helped the illegal immigrants quickly get expelled from the United States a short while later, says U.S. Border Patrol.
U.S. Border Patrol says the five individuals crossed south of the St. Juste border crossing into a remote region in the far northwest of Maine. A local citizen saw the five individuals come out of the brush onto the Carter Road, a rural road that runs along the St John River.
The local citizen then picked up all five of the individuals and drove them to the St. Juste Port of Entry to meet Border Patrol agents.
“We do not recommend picking up strangers in remote areas, with the wet and cold weather, the motorist may well have saved the lives of these border crossers,” said Frederick Bunkley, Deputy Patrol Agent in Charge, Jackman, Maine Border Patrol Station.
When Border Patrol Agents arrived on scene, they identified the subjects who all admitted to being citizens and nationals of Mexico by birth and having just illegally crossed into the United States from Canada, south of the St. Juste, Maine Port of Entry.
The group was then transported to the Jackman, Maine Border Patrol Station for further processing and removal procedures. The five Mexican Nationals were subsequently expelled through the Armstrong, Quebec Port of Entry under Title 42 USC 265, suspension of entries and imports from designated places to prevent spread of communicable diseases.
42 USC 265 gives the Surgeon General, with regulations approved by the President the power to do such immediate expulsion if there is a serious risk of communicable diseases arriving from any foreign country. President Trump and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau suspended all travel between Canada and the United States in March.
“Because of the shortage of resources in remote areas, the U.S. Border Patrol in Maine has always relied on the information provided by the public and our law enforcement partners. They are often the people who know best when something is out of place in their communities,” said Jason Schneider, Acting Chief Patrol Agent, Houlton Sector.