HAVRE, Mont. — On October 13, Border Patrol agents from the Havre Station encountered a subject on a westbound Amtrak train. The subject was not able to provide any documents to prove identity or immigration status. He was identified as Mustafa Tanin, a citizen of Afghanistan, during questioning. He is an officer in the Afghan military who had been admitted to the United States to attend military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. On September 29, while on a training trip to Washington D.C., Tanin deserted. By leaving his training assignment, he was classified as Absent Without Leave and his visa was cancelled. Tanin was taken into custody and processed at the Havre Border Patrol Station where he is pending deportation proceedings.
“Vigilance is one of our core values in the United States Border Patrol. Border Patrol agents from the Havre Station proved this true by locating and arresting a soldier from Afghanistan who had absconded from his military unit during training, and by doing so, violated the conditions of his visa. The men and women of the United States Border Patrol stand ready to defend our homeland from those threats,” said Acting Patrol Agent in Charge Scott Jones.
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.