Guatemalan man illegally in U.S. for twelve years apprehended in Bangor

BANGOR, MAINE – U.S. Border Patrol agents announced they had apprehended a man in Bangor who had been in the United States for twelve long years after entering illegally in Texas.

On January 13th, agents in Bangor apprehended the man and during questioning discovered he had no documents allowing him to remain in the United States. The man admitted to entering the U.S. twelve years ago near Laredo, Texas.

Records checks conducted by agents verified there were no records of the man in any immigration system. The man admitted to living and working in various jobs across the state of Maine in the twelve years since he crossed the border illegally near Laredo.

“The immigration process that authorizes immigrants the permission to visit or reside in the United States is set in place to protect not only our citizens, but also immigrants and visitors who have entered the country legally.  It is our responsibility to enforce immigration law in order to keep our communities safe,” said Chief Patrol Agent, Jason Owens. 

“The many years spent in the United States eluding our immigration process does not justify unauthorized individuals to remain in our country,” said Patrol Agent in Charge of Houlton Border Patrol Station, Brent Conley.

The man was arrested and transported to Houlton for processing.

The arrest continues a long string of arrests by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Maine that stretches back into last year. Border security and immigration has been a major focus of President Donald Trump, but many liberal politicians and groups have sought to derail Trump’s efforts to secure the southern border.

Still, Trump’s work building a wall along the southern border continues, with news the Trump Administration is considering allocating more funds to construct more than another 800 miles of border wall as of the writing of this article.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says he Border Patrol in Maine relies on the cooperation and assistance of the public. Anyone wishing to make a confidential report of suspicious activity may do so by calling (800) 851-8727 to contact the U.S. Border Patrol in Maine.

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