Guatemalan Charged with Migrants Smuggling into the US

Recent federal court documents revealed that eleven people were being illegally transported into the US by a man who has had five previous deportations from the US. Andres-Juan, a Guatemalan, was charged by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) for transporting immigrants from New Mexico into the US illegally in December 2018. Since 2002, Andres-Juan had been deported on five different occasions with the latest being in October 2018, ICE complaint revealed. The complaint stated that the man who had two previous convictions for illegal re-entry re-entered the US by making his way over the Mexican border with the help of a human smuggler. The Arrests In the morning of December 5, 2018, as Andres-Juan drove an SUV with eleven people near Minquadale, he was stopped by a Delaware River and Bay Authority officer. As the officer questioned Andres-Juan, he, with the eleven people, fled into the wooded area close by. The state police helicopter was used in the search and the twelve of them, ten adults and two minors, were caught and the adults were charged with arrest resistance. ICE lodged detainers against the adults, which will give the agency room to interview them and enter them for deportation proceedings as the case may be. The men were said to be going to their relatives; hence, the two children were released to family members. According to a spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office, Adrian Smith, the illegal migrants are from Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. According to one of the passengers, also a previous deportee, they spent three days in their journey across the country over the course of which Andres-Juan, as the person in charge of the trip, paid for gas and food. Police found about $1,600 on the SUV's dashboard inside a wallet with St. Jude, the patron saint of lost and desperate causes description. Stay in touch and get alerts & emails directly in your inbox by subscribing to Visa Crimes Check here for our latest immigration updates, local immigration activities, emerging trends, visa news updates for Australia, Canada, US, UK, Germany and more.

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