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YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican national in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, after he attempted to smuggle four other Mexican nationals into the U.S. January 29.

Monday afternoon agents from the Yuma Station Reconnaissance Unit discovered the footprints of four subjects illegally entering the U.S. from Mexico near County 13th Street and the Colorado River. Agents communicated their findings to agents in the Targeted Enforcement Unit who observed four subjects getting into a white Ford F-150 in a nearby citrus grove.

Agents from both units intercepted the vehicle and performed a vehicle stop. The driver was identified as a 26-year-old male Mexican national DACA recipient from Salinas, California. The other four occupants were all determined to be Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States. The driver was arrested for human smuggling charges, and the four passengers were arrested for immigration violations. The vehicle was seized for forfeiture.

The Yuma Station RECCE and TEU are specialized teams of agents that operate in high traffic areas of human and drug smuggling. RECCE focuses on providing situational awareness to areas that Transnational Criminal Organizations attempt to exploit. TEU concentrates on disrupting and degrading TCOs operating within Yuma Station’s area of responsibility through focused enforcement.

Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that permits the filing of criminal activity charges without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless or until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through Southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Two Dreamers who were living in the U.S. under the Obama-era DACA program were arrested last week on suspicion of human smuggling in separate incidents, federal officials reportedly said.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday that one of the men was in the country under the program and the other’s program had expired.

The report said that one incident occurred last Wednesday when a resident near Torrey Pines State Beach observed what looked like human smuggling.

Border agents pulled over a vehicle and found the driver—who was the 20-year-old DACA recipient whose status expired. He reportedly admitted to smuggling after two Mexican nationals in the country illegally were found in the car.

In a separate incident, a 22-year-old Mexican national, a DACA recipient who lives in Riverside, was allegedly caught scouting an area for smugglers in Campo, Calif.

Both suspects are in custody.

The arrests come while Congressional lawmakers try to write legislation to give the so-called Dreamers legal status. DACA has protected about 800,000 people, many of them college-age students.




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