Monday, January 30, 2006

U.S. Border Patrol arrest Mexican immigration official for human smuggling

From Pravda
10:05 2006-01-30
The U.S. Border Patrol arrested a Mexican immigration official who was allegedly trying to help a group of undocumented migrants sneak into the United States, the Mexican government announced Sunday. Immigration agent Francisco Javier Gutierrez was arrested at a checkpoint near Alamogordo, New Mexico, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of the U.S.-Mexico border, the Mexican Interior Department said in a news release.
The Mexican government promised to cooperate with U.S. authorities in the investigation of Gutierrez. "The National Immigration Institute offers the Border Patrol plain collaboration in the investigation into possible links with smuggling gangs," it announced. "We maintain a firm hand against corruption." Gutierrez's arrest comes just days after the Mexican and U.S. governments exchanged terse diplomatic notes about security on the border.

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