Thursday, December 06, 2007
Why in the World we continue diminishing, stereotyping, criticizing, provoking, instigating, and making derogatory statements against Mexicans and Mexico because they can not control the Border? Why we are not criticized our Norther Border?
Border Patrol acknowledged that the number of people caught are still relatively small but the border is twice larger than our Southern Border. Why Mexicans?
Border Patrol catches group, smuggler crossing from B.C. into Washington state
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Border Patrol in the past two months has already intercepted more people trying to sneak into the United States at a remote crossing northwest of Spokane than in all of the previous 12 months.
Agents have intercepted 11 people crossing into the United States near the Danville crossing since the government's new fiscal year started Oct. 1, the Border Patrol said. That's one more than they captured in all of the past fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30.
Eight of the people were a group of South Koreans intercepted late last week after they crossed the border, said Steve Garrett, an assistant Border Patrol supervisor in Spokane.
"It's an ongoing criminal smuggling organization," Garrett said.
The organization brings South Koreans legally into Canada, then arranges to sneak them across the border, he said.
Garrett acknowledged that the number of people caught are still relatively small, but the agency is worried the number being smuggled will increase.
After the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. border security was tightened, with more agents assigned at busy crossings west of the Cascade Range, near Blaine.
Garrett said that has smugglers moving east, looking for easier places to cross into the country.
In last week's bust, Border Patrol agents were tipped by a local farmer. They intercepted the eight South Koreans, including two children, walking through a field in the United States.
The South Koreans were allegedly being led by Harry Harrison, a Canadian citizen, who was arrested on federal smuggling charges. He is in jail in Spokane after an initial appearance Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno.
The South Koreans acknowledged they had illegally entered the United States, and told Border Patrol agents they had been driven from Vancouver, to a site north of Danville, in Canada. They likely will be deported.
Harrison told Border Patrol agents he is a heroin addict and was staying at a halfway house in Surrey, B.C., when he was approached by a man who offered him $500 "to guide a group of people into the United States on foot," court documents said.
Harrison and the Koreans were dropped off Thursday on a Canadian highway near the U.S. Port of Entry at Danville, the documents said.
The group planned to walk across the border and be picked up at a prearranged location on the U.S. side.
"This occurred in broad daylight," said Lonnie Moore, supervisor of the Spokane Sector of the Border Patrol. "There are paved roads on both sides of the border, and access is relatively easy."