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Citizen Helps Border Patrol Agents Arrest 2 Guatemalans Illegally Entering Vermont

Release Date: 
January 4, 2016

HIGHGATE SPRINGS, Vt. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from Swanton Sector arrest two subjects on Dec. 26, as a result of a citizen reporting suspicious activity of two males in Highgate Springs, Vermont.

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Swanton Station on patrol in Highgate Springs, Vermont.

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Swanton Station on patrol in Highgate Springs, Vermont.

Agents from the Swanton Border Patrol Station responded to a call from a concerned citizen reporting two suspicious men walking south on Route 7 in Highgate Springs. A Border Patrol agent from the Swanton Station responded to the area and observed two men approaching a residence. The agent identified himself, and through the Spanish language, determined that both were citizens of Guatemala and were illegally present in the U.S., a violation of USC 1325, Entry Without Inspection. Both individuals were transported to the Swanton Station for further investigation.

After questioning and database verifications, both subjects, ages 22 and 24, were determined to have legal status in Canada, but no immigration or criminal history in the United States. Both men were en route to visit family members in Massachusetts and planning on returning to Canada to continue working. Since both individuals have legal immigration status in Canada, the two were granted a voluntary return to Canada through the Champlain, New York, port of entry.

The Swanton Sector thanks and appreciates the concerned citizen for reporting this incident. Your assistance is invaluable to our border security mission and we welcome other community members to help us keep our nation’s borders safe and report suspicious activity at 1-800-689-3362.

For more on CBP’s mission at our nation’s ports of entry with CBP officers and along U.S. borders with Border Patrol agents, please visit the Border Security section of the CBP website.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017