Border Patrol arrests 9 in Maine for illegal entry, other offenses

RANGELEY, MAINE – Nine aliens from Guatemala, Ecuador, Dominican Republican and Spain were arrested in the Rangeley area for various offenses this week. Among those offenses were illegal entry and failure to carry immigration documents. As a condition of entry into the United States, all aliens, over the age of 18, agree to carry issued immigration documents at all times.

Pointing to the need to protect American labor markets, Jason D. Owens, Chief Patrol Agent of the Border Patrol in Maine said, “These individuals were based in Massachusetts and traveled to Maine for work.  Illegal contract labor deprives employment opportunities for local contractors and those lawfully authorized to work in the United States.”

Six of the nine individuals arrested were found to have entered the United States illegally. Those six were entered into formal removal proceedings and transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“The Border Patrol does not routinely conduct workplace enforcement operations.  However, our regular patrol activities do bring us into contact with illegal laborers.  Illegal labor is a prime example of how immigration as a national issue can have real impacts on Maine’s communities.  This issue impacts the employment opportunities of citizens, and lawful immigrants, equally,” said Chief Owens.

The arrests were made on Wednesday, July 17th. Two commercial vehicles that were being used to transport the individuals were seized as part of the arrests.

U.S. Border Patrol said the individuals were “illegal laborers” who were based in Massachusetts.

Under Title 8 of the U.S. Code, it is a federal crime to enter the United States illegally and to knowingly move or transport illegal aliens.  While most of the people arrested by the United States Border Patrol in Maine are processed administratively, underlying criminal charges are frequently present.

The arrests follow previous arrests of illegal immigrants by CBP in Maine that have been covered by Maine Examiner in recent weeks.

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The Border Patrol in Maine relies 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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