SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint stopped a tractor-trailer and discovered 30 illegal immigrants hidden inside on Monday.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:15 p.m., after agents stopped a black and white tractor-trailer for an immigration check.
During a search of the trailer, agents discovered 30 illegal immigrants hidden inside. The immigrants were locked in the trailer from the outside which presented a very dangerous situation.
“These arrests highlight the importance of our checkpoints. It also speaks to the outstanding and vigilant work that Border Patrol agents do on a daily basis to keep our country safe and protect human life,” said Ryan J. Scudder, Acting Chief Patrol Agent of the El Centro Sector.
The driver who is a Mexican citizen, along with the other 30 Mexican citizens will be processed and removed.
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.