According to new reports, Customs and Border Protection agents arrested a 46-year-old Syrian national who allegedly attempted to illegally enter the US by hiding underneath a train in Mexico.
The man was apprehended after CBP agents “noticed an anomaly” on the train using image screening technology.
“This apprehension highlights the fact that none of our inspections are routine, especially when people purposely attempt to avoid the process,” said a CBP spokesperson
Border security remains a major issue for Republicans and a point of contention for Democrats, who remain bitterly divided along partisan lines heading into the 2020 election.
President Trump has repeatedly attempted to secure funding to begin the construction of his proposed physical barrier along the US-Mexico border, drawing praise from law enforcement officials and vehement opposition from Democrats.
A 46-year-old Syrian man has been detained for attempting to enter the United States from Mexico illegally by hiding in a train, border protection agents say.
Customs and Border Protection officials report agents apprehended the man last weekend, after a train from Mexico passed through an imaging system at the downtown Calexico port screening center in southern California. “CPB officers noticed an anomaly on the lower side of the commercial railcar,” leading to the compartment on the outside of the train where the man was hiding.
The man was taken to a secure location, where officials confirmed, partly through fingerprinting, that he is a Syrian national without documentation authorizing his entry into the United States.
“This apprehension highlights the fact that none of our inspections are routine, especially when people purposely attempt to avoid the process,” port director David Salazar said in a statement Wednesday. “CBP puts a lot of effort in identifying, vetting and prosecuting people who just don’t want to abide by the legal process of entering our country.”
The Syrian national was sent to Imperial County jail and charged with attempting to enter the country illegally. He is set to remain in jail while he awaits trial.