On Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents in Maine arrested five Mexican nationals who admitted to illegally crossing into the United States from Canada.
A U.S. citizen encountered the five illegal aliens emerging from the brush near a local road south of the St. Juste Port of Entry. The American citizen picked up the five individuals and drove them to Border Patrol agents at the St. Juste Port of Entry. The group was then taken to the Jackman, Maine Border Patrol Station for processing and removal procedures.
"We do not recommend picking up strangers in remote areas, with the wet and cold weather, the motorist may well have saved the lives of these border crossers," Deputy Patrol Agent in Charge at the Jackman, Maine Border Patrol Station Frederick Bunkley said in a CBP press release.
"Because of the shortage of resources in remote areas, the U.S. Border Patrol in Maine has always relied on the information provided by the public and our law enforcement partners. They are often the people who know best when something is out of place in their communities," said Acting Chief Patrol Agent of the Houlton Sector Jason Schneider.
The five subjects all admitted to illegally crossing the border into the United States and being citizens or nationals of Mexico. According to CBP, the illegal aliens were "expelled through the Armstrong, Quebec Port of Entry under Title 42 USC 265, suspension of entries and imports from designated places to prevent spread of communicable disease."