Swanton Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended seven Mexican nationals after they illegally crossed the border from Canada into New York.
Surveillance agents located in the Swanton Sector Tactical Communications Center observed a group of migrants crossing into New York on April 13, near Fort Covington. Agents responded to the area and located seven migrants, according to Swanton Sector officials.
The agents approached the group and conducted a field immigration interview. The agents learned that all seven had no authorization to enter or be present in the United States, officials stated. The agents arrested the migrants and transported them to the Burke Border Patrol Station for a biometric background investigation and processing.
All migrants apprehended by Border Patrol agents undergo a biometric background investigation to search for previous criminal or immigration violations, prior deportations, or gang affiliation.
“The quick response by Burke agents resulted in the apprehension of seven illegal aliens,” Swanton Sector Chief Patrol Agent Robert Garcia said in a written statement. “These apprehensions are another great example of the hard work Border Patrol agents do every day to make our communities safer and secure our nation’s border.”
Breitbart News reached out to Swanton Sector officials about how the Mexican nationals came to be at the Canadian border.
“The Mexican citizens illegally crossed into the U.S. on foot,” A CBP official responded. “While we do not immediately have information on how these seven individuals got into Canada, apprehensions in Swanton Sector are trending up.”
“The type of apprehensions we see can often be very organized, sometimes using smuggling organizations,” the official explained. “Swanton Sector, working with its law enforcement partners, is currently investigating several different transnational criminal organizations, that are actively involved in smuggling people and contraband across the international border.”
The official cited changes in Canadian immigration law allowing Mexican and Romanian nationals to enter Canada without a visa. He said there could also be a perception on the part of Mexican nationals that the Canadian border is a safer place to cross.
Officials reported that one woman and three men will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York for unlawful entry under 8 USC § 1325. Agents turned the other three migrants over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers for removal proceedings.
The Swanton Sector is responsible for border security between ports of entry in Vermont, New Hampshire, and northeastern New York.