AUGUSTA, Maine- Border Patrol agents working in the Augusta area on October 10, arrested three men for various immigration related offenses. The men were encountered while Border Patrol agents attempted to assist a stranded motorist.
“Border Patrol agents in Maine are assigned to patrol our area of responsibility,” said Jason Owens, Chief Patrol Agent of the Border Patrol in Maine. “As public servants, there is an expectation that our agents will look to help people in need and sometimes that leads to an enforcement action.”
One of the subjects, a 42 year old Chinese National, entered the United States in 2001 on a fiancée visa. The man did not marry a United States citizen, as required by the visa conditions, and failed to depart the United States. The Chinese man, with a previous arrest for domestic violence, was found to have violated his visa conditions and to be in the United States in violation of immigration law.
The second subject, a 22 year old male from Guatemala, admitted to entering the United States illegally near Laredo, Texas, in 2013. The man had been ordered removed from the United States when he failed to appear before an immigration court in 2013. The Guatemalan male had previously lived in North Carolina, Virginia, and New York and was previously arrests for public intoxication and trespassing.
The third subject, a 25 year old male from Mexico, admitted to entering illegally through Arizona. He stated he had been living and working within the United States for several years and was recruited to work in the food service industry in Maine.
“The roads and highways of Maine are being used to facilitate illicit trade and travel. Securing the border requires us to not only give attention to the immediate border areas, but also the routes and means of egress to the interior of the United States,” said Chief Jason Owens.
The three men were transported to the Rangeley Border Patrol Station for processing and placed into removal proceedings. All three men were then transferred to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
Under Title 8 of the U.S. Code, it is a federal crime to enter the United States illegally and to misrepresent a material fact while seeking admission to the United States. While most of the people arrested by the United States Border Patrol in Maine are processed administratively, underlying criminal charges are frequently present.
United States Border Patrol Agents in Maine 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.