MAINE – U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents have arrested six individuals
illegally present in the United States in the month of December in two separate
incidents. The six individuals hail from four different nations.
The first of
the two incidents occurred in Houlton on December 4th. A tip from a
member of the public led to the arrest of three men, one a Russian national and
two from Kazakhstan.
national was determined to have violated his entry conditions as he entered the
United States legally on a student visa but failed to maintain enrollment in an
educational program. The Russian national was also working without
The two men
from Kazakhstan had entered the United States as “visitors” but were found to
be engaging in unauthorized employment.
partners are a critical part of border security,” said Jason D. Owens, Chief
Patrol Agent of the Border Patrol in Maine. “Like any other law
enforcement agency, we rely on them every day to report suspicious activity.”
incident occurred in Waterville on December 6. There, agents on a routine
patrol encountered three men, one from Guatemala and two from Mexico, that had
entered the United States illegally in Arizona. All three were engaged in unauthorized
initial processing for immigration related violations, all subjects were
entered into removal proceedings and turned over to Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Homeland
Security Investigations (HSI) conducts investigations relating to the hiring
and employment of unauthorized labor.
extends a string of arrests across Maine for Border Patrol agents. Through the
summer and fall, agents have announced arrests for illegal entry, unauthorized
employment, drug charges and more.
Chief Border Patrol Agent Jason Owens posted a series of maps on Facebook showing where the men arrested had traveled from, saying, “Think the northern border is quiet? Think nothing happens in Maine? Think again.
President Donald Trump has made securing America’s borders a top priority, with efforts made to enhance enforcement efforts and protect the southern border with a border wall, amid an ongoing border crisis. The crisis has manifested in numerous ways in Maine, from an influx of individuals overwhelming the city of Portland’s local welfare program to the arrests made across the state.