Two Men With Past DACCA Status Arrested at the Border for Participating in Smuggling and Human Trafficking

Two men with DACA status arrested for human smuggling by border agents. Immigration supporters immediately said the incidents were aberrational and that around 90 percent of immigrants with DACCA status were ideal candidates for dual citizenship.

According to the Border Patrol, agents arrested two men present in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order for their involvement in human smuggling incidents on Jan. 24th and 25th, 2018. Border Patrol agents learned that the man resides in Riverside County as a DACA recipient.

Agents found three men inside a vehicle, the driver, a 20-year-old DACA recipient, his 22-year-old cousin, who is a Mexican national illegally residing in the United States, and a 21-year-old Mexican national illegally in the country. Both the driver and his cousin admitted their involvement with human smuggling in the area. The driver, a beneficiary of DACA which has since expired, is currently being held in Federal custody.

The 22-year-old male Mexican national, who admitted that he was performing scouting duties for a smuggling crew. He also revealed that he was coordinating with another driver of a vehicle to relay information related to Border Patrol operations in the area and the status of the Border Patrol checkpoint to aid in illegal smuggling.


It is noteworthy that the men were working with a “crew.” This fact signals the presence of many smugglers and human traffickers working in tandem to commit serious crimes.

Human smuggling and sex trafficking have remained a continuing concern for Border Patrol Agents. Last July, two men were arrested, and 11 undocumented immigrants were detained Sunday after authorities discovered them during an ongoing gang investigation into human trafficking.

Jesus Antonio Martinez Cerda and Israel Benavidez were both expected to be charged with transporting and harboring undocumented aliens.

The arrests and detentions were made at home in the 100 block of Westhaven Place, according to a representative of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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