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U.S. Justice Department charges 11 alleged immigrants arriving in migrant caravan for illegal entry into U.S.

May 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. Justice Department charges 11 alleged immigrants arriving in migrant caravan for illegal entry into U.S.

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The Department of Justice has filed criminal charges against 11 individuals with the “migrant caravan” who reportedly crossed into the U.S. illegally this past weekend. One of the migrants has been charged with illegal re-entry after being deported.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California filed complaints against 11 individuals who are believed to be a part of the “migrant caravan” arriving on the U.S. border, according to a Justice Department press release.

“When respect for the rule of law diminishes, so does our ability to protect our nation, its borders, and its citizens,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in a statement. “The U.S. will not stand by as our immigration laws are ignored, and our nation’s safety is jeopardized. U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman and his team should be commended for filing illegal entry charges for individuals apprehended along the border. We will continue to work with each U.S. Attorney’s Office to aggressively pursue prosecutions of illegal entry.”

A federal law enforcement official told CNN that charges were filed against two individuals from El Salvador, six people from Honduras, and three from Guatemala.

Many of the illegal aliens crossed the border in the Goat Canyon region, roughly 4 miles east of the San Ysidro Port of Entry where a few hundred “caravan migrants” assembles in anticipation of crossing the border to seek asylum. Some of the others crossed approximately 2 miles west of the port in an area called “W-8.”

San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott said that a group of migrants crossed the border illegally on Friday and Saturday.

“In several of these incidents, children as young as 4, and in one case a pregnant female, were detected entering the U.S. illegally through a dark, treacherous canyon that is notorious for human and drug smuggling,” Scott revealed in a written statement.

The statement added:

“Entering the U.S. at any place other than an official Port of Entry is illegal. To anyone associated with this caravan, Think Before You Act. If anyone has encouraged you to enter the United States or make any false statements to U.S. government officials, they are giving you bad advice, and are placing you and your family at risk.

We are a welcoming country, but just like your own house, we expect everyone to enter through our front door, and answer questions. On a national level that front door is the Port of Entry. If you enter the U.S. at any place other than a Port of Entry, it is a crime. You will be arrested and referred for prosecution.”

One of the 11 “caravan migrants” identified in the criminal complaint has allegedly been deported on a prior occasion. If found guilty of aggravated re-entry after removal, the illegal alien could face up to 20 years in a federal lockup.

According to Breitbart Texas, along with the Central American migrants who crossed illegally, three Indian natives also snuck into the U.S. with the group.

Border Patrol agents detained 18 people who crossed the border illegally at the “Goat Canyon” area on Friday. Agents said the illegals confessed to being citizens of foreign countries. Thirteen of the migrants admitted to being from Honduras, three were natives of India, one came from Guatemala, and one from Mexico.

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