Border Patrol agents make arrests in Oroville, Spokane over Labor Day weekend

Border Patrol agents make arrests in Oroville, Spokane over Labor Day weekend

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Spokane Sector arrested a man for smuggling and another man for a visa overstay over Labor Day weekend.

The first arrest was made in Oroville. Agents said they saw two people walking in a remote area near the U.S.-Canada border. They approached the people and determined both were citizens of Mexico who had illegally entered the U.S. from Canada without proper immigration documents.

Simultaneously, Customs and Border Protection officers at the Oroville Port of Entry were alerted to a vehicle attempting to enter the country. Border agents said the vehicle was registered to one of the individuals just arrested by agents and the driver, an American citizen, intended to pick them up after illegally crossing into the U.S.

The driver was charged with alien smuggling and the vehicle was seized. The two Mexican citizens will be held pending removal proceedings.

In Spokane, agents contacted a man from Yemen at the Spokane Intermodel Bus Station. Agents questioned the man and determined he had legally entered the U.S. through JFK Airport in New York in February 2018 with a valid B1/B2 vis.

Agents said the visa expired in August 2018, but the man had not renewed it or exited the country, as required by law. He was arrested and was transported to the Northwest ICE Processing center in Tacoma to await his removal proceedings.

“Agents are constantly working to ensure our laws are followed and our communities are safe,” said Chief Patrol Agent Henry Rolon. “Whether it is a smuggling event or a visa overstay, my agents will continue to do their jobs to make sure those breaking U.S. laws are arrested and prosecuted.”