SOCORRO, Texas – In the early morning hours of June 10, Border Patrol agents working near Socorro, Texas, halted the attempt of a previously convicted felon from illegally residing in the country.
At approximately 3:30 in the morning, agents assigned to the Clint Border Patrol Station located foot prints heading north from the border fence indicating the illegal entry of six individuals. Agents, utilizing both ATVs, as well as old school tracking skills, located and apprehended six individuals attempting to conceal themselves inside of a muddy irrigation canal. The subjects, who admitted to having just illegally crossed the international border, were all placed under arrest and transported to the Clint Border Patrol Station. One of the subjects, later identified as Jose Garcia Samaniego from Mexico, was identified using the subject’s biographical and biometrical information submitted into the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), when an alert was received. The alert indicated the subject has an extensive criminal history including a felony conviction of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Minor out of Hastings, Nebraska. All six subjects are being processed for removal proceedings.
This most recent incident demonstrates the vigilance by U.S. Border Patrol Agents, who are preventing unwanted individuals from entering our communities, while keeping our nation’s borders safe and secure.
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.