Border Patrol arrests two Indian nationals at bus station
SPOKANE, Wash. – Over the weekend, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two East Indian nationals at the Spokane Intermodal Bus Station.
Agents encountered the two during routine immigration check operations of all passengers at the terminal. Agents spoke with one individual who presented an expired B-2 tourist visa that was issued over a year ago. The B-2 visitor visa is issued for short visits to the U.S. for vacation, visiting or medical treatment. Agents took the man into custody due to his expired visa. Agents determined the other individual illegally crossed into the United States from Mexico in May of 2011. Further investigation revealed he was also in possession of a fraudulent Social Security card.
Both individuals were processed for removal and transported to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma to await their immigration hearing.
“The men and women assigned to the Spokane Border Patrol Sector have once again shown their attention to detail in identifying and halting the use of fraudulent documents among those attempting to further their entry into the country,” Patrol Agent in Charge Zach Crosson stated. “The use of fake documents, while commonly used, is often difficult to detect due to the limited amount of interaction that our agents have with the public while conducting enforcement operations at the transportation facility.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.