WHITEFISH, Mont. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Whitefish Station arrested five Romanian nationals, who were illegally present in the United States, on Tuesday.
The arrests occurred when agents were called to assist local law enforcement in determining the identification of individuals panhandling in violation of a city ordinance. After further investigation, it was determined the individuals were citizens of Romania and had entered the United States illegally back in 2013.
“Border Patrol agents work closely with local law enforcement by providing assistance whenever it’s requested. Our relationship with local law enforcement in northwestern Montana is critical to greater mission success,” stated Spokane Sector Border Patrol Chief Henry Rolon.
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.