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Tip leads to Border Patrol apprehension of two illegal immigrants near Auburn, Maine

A United States Customs and Border Patrol Agent on patrol in Maine. (US Customs and Border Protection)

AUBURN – Two Mexican nationals who were in the United States illegally were apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents near Auburn, Maine last week, according to an official report from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They were then taken to the Rangeley Border Patrol Station for processing.

A press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection says one man was found to have entered the United States illegally through Laredo, Texas, in early 2019.  The man previously held a valid non-immigrant visa that expired in 2018.

The other man was lawfully admitted to the United States with a valid Border Crosser Card (BCC) in 2012.  Border Crossing Cards are primarily issued along the southern border to allow aliens to enter the United States for short periods for purposes such as shopping.

Legally, people who enter the United States with a Border Crosser Card are required to stay within 25 miles of the border.

The apprehensions were the result of a tip from a concerned citizen.

“This case highlights the level of cooperation we receive from the public,” said Jason D. Owens, the Border Patrol Chief in Maine.  “We have limited resources and cannot be everywhere at once.  Getting calls from the public is essential to helping us make local communities safer.”

After processing, both men were placed in removal proceedings.

U.S. Border Patrol says that although most people arrested by Border Patrol agents in Maine are arrested administratively, underlying criminal charges are frequently present.

The apprehensions come as a national firestorm around U.S. immigration laws and border security continues, with Congress gridlocked on funding for additional border security and President Trump gaining leverage to force the Mexican government to take military action to stem the tide of illegal border crossings on the nation’s southern border.

Maine’s Border Patrol agents rely on the cooperation and assistance of the public. Anyone wishing to make a confidential report of suspicious activity may call (800) 851-8727 to contact the United States Border Patrol in Maine.

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