U.S. Border Patrol Arrests 8 Over Holiday Weekend
Rochester, N.Y. – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested eight individuals over the Labor Day weekend which included suspects with criminal records, an active warrant and an imposter.
Agents from the Rochester Station were busy over the four-day period as they identified and arrested suspects illegally present in the United States from Guatemala, South Korea, Jamaica, Ghana, Mexico, South Africa and Honduras.
Agents conducting transportation check operations at the Greater Rochester International Airport on Aug. 29, encountered a South African citizen. During questioning the individual claimed to have entered the United States to attend school in 1995, but had failed to maintain his course of study. Record checks also revealed the suspect had been repeatedly denied applications to remain in the United States.
On Aug. 30, agents responding to assist the Ogden Police Department with a distress call encountered a Honduran citizen illegally in the United States. Record checks revealed the suspect has been ordered removed by an Immigration Judge and has an active warrant from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
During transportation check operations at the Greyhound/Trailways Bus Station on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, agents arrested an additional six individuals for illegally being in the United States.
- A citizen of Ghana was arrested after questioning by agents revealed he entered the United States as an imposter through John F. Kennedy International Airport. The suspect used an official Ghanese passport that was not his during his entry.
- Agents arrested two citizens of Guatemala and one citizen of Mexico that had entered the United States illegally. Record checks revealed the citizen of Mexico had previously been removed from the United States and one of the citizens of Guatemala had misdemeanor convictions in Illinois.
- A citizen of South Korea and a citizen of Jamaica were also arrested for overstaying their length of admission to the United States.
The above arrests are related to the U.S. Border Patrol in the Buffalo Sector’s Rochester Station area of operations. All subjects were placed under arrest and processed for removal.
The vigilance by U.S. Border Patrol agents from Rochester Station with these arrests demonstrate the dedication agents have in safeguarding the quality of life in the border communities and securing the nation’s borders.
CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Concerned citizens can report suspicious activity or suspected illegal activity along the U.S./Canada border to the U.S. Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-800-331-0353.
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.