A few astute national-security experts have been warning for years that the situation along the nearly 4,000-mile swath of largely unpatrolled U.S.-Canadian border will end up being every bit as dangerous as the southern border with Mexico.
A story out of Detroit this morning is the latest clue that such warnings were not without merit.
Federal authorities announced they had arrested a Guatemalan man who they say was working as a human smuggler, funneling illegal immigrants through an underground railway tunnel between Windsor and Detroit.
U.S. Border Patrol officials allege that Juan Antonio Garcia-Jimenez, a 53-year-old naturalized Canadian citizen from Guatemala, was paid to help five people cross into the United States this year using the nearly 2-mile corridor, according to a report in the Detroit News.
He reportedly drove a Mexican worker to the Ontario opening March 18 and told him when to enter to avoid the trains transporting cargo, but Border Patrol agents apprehended the man while exiting the American side, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court.
Twice in July, agents caught a pair of laborers leaving the tunnel who all identified Garcia-Jimenez as a smuggler to whom they each paid $1,500 for escort, according to the complaint.
Another reason for concern about the northern border is the fact that Canada, under the socialist government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has since 2015 resettled more than 40,000 Syrian refugees. U.S. immigration officials, including President Obama’s director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Leon Rodriguez, have admitted under congressional questioning that it is impossible to adequately vet many Syrian refugees. Rodriguez admitted in 2016 under questioning from then-U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions that some Syrians were passed through the “rigorous” vetting system based solely on their own personal story, without any law-enforcement data to confirm who they are or what their background is.
“Alien smuggling though this train tunnel is not just unlawful, it can be incredibly dangerous,” U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said in a statement. “Together with our law enforcement partners, we are protecting our borders from those who enter here illegally.”
Authorities in Detroit charged Garcia-Jimenez with bringing in and harboring aliens. Border Patrol agents arrested him Wednesday, Aug. 29.
“Smuggling individuals through the train tunnel is one of the most dangerous methods I have seen in my career, and I could not be more proud of the agents and officers who worked on identifying this individual and finally catching him,” said Douglas Harrison, chief patrol agent for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Detroit sector.
Garcia-Jimenez appeared Wednesday before U.S. District Court Magistrate R. Steven Whalen, who ordered him temporarily detained. He has hired an attorney, likely paid for by the U.S. taxpayer.
A hearing is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the federal courthouse in Detroit.
9 thoughts on “Feds break up human smuggling operation along U.S.-Canadian border”
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We hear a lot of what happens on the Mexico border, but I hadn’t heard this stuff about the Canadian border!
Canada has taken on Al Gores reasoning about Global warning which is no truth! God is playing those that can’t accept the reality w/the weather we’ve been having in all disarray so they would be confused. Scientists know better that he’s been wrong.
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Canada, as a nation, is no more friendly to the US than is Mexico. I say this from living close to the Canadian boarder and having to contend with Canadians in a retail environment. In tourism you should see how they melt down with they don’t get preferred treatment in deference to the US Citizens who live here. Last week one of them got all upset because I wouldn’t move my car so that they could park their motor home to view the pristine US coastline. The actually got out and started insulting me. The wife broke into tears and was screaming how I and my company, US Citizens on a vacation to visit me, were so rude and insensitive. But hey, their Canadian.
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Please don’t judge all Canadians by a few rude ones. We are not all like that. I am Canadian and would never behave like this while visiting another country. Sadly, the whole world has become rude, insensitive, having a self-entitlement attitude. I apologize for these ‘Canadians’ and am ashamed of them.
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Leo, it’s been blocked.
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Blocked by who? Facebook? I just checked and it’s not on my Facebook page, which is should be by now. More Facebook shenanigans. Almost the exact same article is in the Detroit News and I’m sure they’re not being blocked. This is a surreal world we live in nowadays.
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