U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials decided something wasn’t quite right about a man crossing from Canada into New York.
Lukasz Kabata, 20, a Canadian citizen, crossed the border at the Port of Mooers, New York, port of entry. He was alone, but inspection officials discovered a large number of women’s clothes in his vehicle, along with another person’s immigration documents. CBP officers immediately notified U.S. Border Patrol agents.
In the meantime, Border Patrol received a tip from an observant citizen and discovered a Mexican woman, Johan Lizeth Lopez-Suceda, 18, about one mile from the border. Agents realized she was the object of their search, and was traveling with Kabata.
Kabata was arrested for smuggling, and Lopez-Suceda was arrested for illegally entering the United States.
“CBP officers are trained to detect the signs of human smuggling,” said Acting Port Director Don Yando, from the Area Port of Champlain. “The arrest and apprehension is an excellent example of the vigilance of our officers, and outstanding teamwork with Border Patrol to secure our border.”
“The Border Patrol mission to secure the border between the ports of entry cannot be accomplished without integrating our operation with our CBP partners and the border community. This arrest exemplifies the team approach to border security,” said Patrol Agent in Charge Norman Lague of the Champlain Border Patrol Station.
Breitbart reports that Jessica Vaughn, director at the Center for Immigration Studies, had stated in July that since Mexican citizens can now travel to Canada without a visa, that “Canada will now become even more of a launching point for illegal entry into the United States.”
Vaughn said entering through Canada would be especially of interest to “those Mexicans who have been deported already from the United States, or anyone who fraudulently obtains a Mexican passport, might seek to enter the United States illegally from Canada across our largely unguarded northern border.”
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