Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Border Patrol Under Fire for Failing to Vet Immigrant Posing as Child Who Murdered Floridian; NBC Duped by Adult Border Crosser Who Posed as Migrant Child to Get into U.S.

Border Patrol under fire for failing to vet immigrant posing as child who murdered Floridian:
A Florida congressman is on a mission to determine how Border Patrol agents detain or release illegal immigrants who claim to be minors after one such incident in which a 24-year-old Honduran man sent to his district killed a resident.
Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL) is pushing the federal government to explain its protocol for vetting the backgrounds and verifying the ages of illegal immigrants arrested at the border who claim to be underage.
“No one can prove who he is, and yet their default position seems to be, ‘If you can’t figure out who they are, let them in.’ I disagree with that,” Rutherford said in an interview with the Washington Examiner. “I don’t think they’re vetting them properly, and if they can’t determine who they are, then they should hold them in detention until they can determine who they are or deport them out of the country. It’s just unacceptable to me that somebody gets to come to America, comes across the border illegally, and we have no idea who they are.”
Rutherford has asked U.S. Customs and Border Protection to hand over general orders, standard operating procedures, and training for how agents are taught to carry out background checks on people in custody, particularly any person who claims to be 17 years old or younger but does not have any proof.
In a 2021 incident that affected Rutherford's Jacksonville community, an immigrant who claimed to be 17 years old and have a relative in that city was released at the border and flown to Jacksonville to live with a man he had claimed was his uncle. It was not until after the immigrant, Yery Noel Medina Ulloa, was arrested by local police for the murder of Francisco Javier Cuellar that authorities discovered Medina Ulloa's real name and age. Medina Ulloa was 24 years old. --->READ MORE HERE
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NBC Duped by Adult Border Crosser Who Posed as Migrant Child to Get into U.S.:
NBC News was forced to retract a published article in which the network interviewed a recently arrived border crosser claiming to be 16 years old and working in a Kansas slaughterhouse. Days later, the migrant admitted he posed as a child to get into the United States at the southern border.
On April 12, NBC News published the initial article in which a recently arrived male border crosser said he was 16 years old, enrolled in high school, and illegally worked at the Packers Sanitation Services, Inc., a meatpacking plant in Dodge City, Kansas.
According to the initial story, the border crosser was seemingly released to a sponsor in Kansas after arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border as an Unaccompanied Alien Child (UAC).
The federal government’s UAC program allows young migrants to get released into the U.S. interior. The majority end up living with sponsors who are not their relatives.
This week, NBC News retracted the initial story after it was revealed that the border crosser claiming to be 16 years old is actually a 21-year-old who merely posed as a UAC at the southern border to get released into the U.S. interior.
NBC News reports: --->READ MORE HERE
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