As 2020 begins, U.S. Border Patrol in Maine makes seventh arrest in a week

A U.S. Border Patrol agent with K9 officer operates on a snow covered road in Houlton, Maine.

FORT FAIRFIELD, MAINE – The cold and snow do not stop illegal border crossings, nor do they stop U.S. Border Patrol working along Maine’s northern border. On January 2nd, agents made their seventh arrest in a week, this one of a man who had illegally crossed the border.

The man, a Honduran national, has multiple previous deportations since 2013. He is twenty-eight years old.

“Illegal border crossers do not stay in the immediate border areas,” said Jason D. Owens, Chief Patrol Agent of the Border Patrol in Maine.  “Border security issues impact every town, city and state in this country.”

The arrest was made during a traffic stop in which a U.S. Border Patrol agent assisted a Maine State Police Trooper.

“We are working hard to improve our situational awareness by working with our state and local law enforcement partners and local communities.  No one is made safer by allowing criminal aliens free to travel around this country without consequence,” said Chief Owens.

The man was arrested and referred for the criminal charge of Reentry of Removed Alien (8 USC 1326).

Less than a week earlier, border patrol agents arrested five, including four Mexican nationals, in a human smuggling bust. A Canadian man was also arrested by agents for violating a protection order.

The arrests continue a string of high-profile busts by border patrol agents across Maine.

Border security has been a major issue on the national political scene under President Donald Trump, who has fought for greater funding of border security and a barrier on the southern border. Liberal Democrats have ardently opposed Trump’s efforts.

While most of the attention paid to border security by the national media has been focused on the southern border, illegal border crossings, labor violations and other violations have been a regular cause for arrests in Maine as well.

The string of arrests in northern Maine come against the backdrop of activists in Portland, Maine’s largest city, calling for U.S. Border Patrol sister agency ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) to be denied office space the agency plans to lease from a private company at One City Center in Portland.

The Border Patrol in Maine says they rely 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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