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What do you think about this? Smugglers stepping up their game? Using military uniforms and the name Perez to enter the US


Border Patrol agents recently arrested 13 illegal immigrants disguised as U.S. Marines and riding in a fake military van, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday.

The illegal immigrants were clad in Marine uniforms when they were apprehended at the Campo Border Patrol Westbound I-8 checkpoint at 11 p.m. on March 14 near Pine Valley, Calif., border officials said. Two U.S. citizens in the van also were arrested.

After the suspicious white van was subjected to secondary inspection, it was determined that the driver of the vehicle and its front seat passenger were U.S. citizens who were attempting to smuggle 13 illegal immigrants into the United States. All of the vehicle's occupants wore U.S. Marine uniforms, reportedly emblazoned with the name "Perez."

"This effort is an example of the lengths smugglers will go to avoid detection, and the skilled and effective police work and vigilance displayed everyday by Customs and Border Protection personnel," the agency said in a written statement.

The van used in the smuggling attempt, according to California's El Centro Border Intelligence Center, was a privately owned vehicle registered out of Yucca Valley, Calif., and was bearing stolen government plates that had been defaced. The center digit -- 0 -- was altered to read as an 8. Further research through multiple government agencies determined that the plate belonged to a one-ton cargo van registered to the U.S. Marine Corps.


Asked by grlygrlz2 at 6:19 PM on Mar. 22, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I just saw this. I wonder how many have made it through? I really see it as disrespecting the uniform though.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 6:26 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • Disgusting...

    Answer by agentwanda at 7:05 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • I think they should load them on a transport, send them to Afghanistan and let them earn the right to wear that uniform.


    Answer by yourspecialkid at 9:40 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • Geez, they are just good people looking for a better life so they can feed their families.

    Answer by Carpy at 8:18 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • A firing squad works for me. Why bother wasting a single resource on them, or feeding them, or providing a lawyer for them? They aren't US citizens. If their government wants to pay for legal counsel, fine ... but only if their government also pays room and board (in advance!).

    I'm seriously considering sending a link to a website that sells brass balls to ICE .... Congress ... Obama ....

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 8:33 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • what yourspecialkid said! let them earn wearing that uniform!

    Answer by MommaTasha1003 at 9:48 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • So now they can do time for impersonating a federal officer?

    Answer by tasches at 7:20 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • They do crazy shit like that to smuggle come we always focus on smuggling people? It seems like drugs have caused far more harm to our country than the dudes who mow our lawns and pick our strawberries...

    Answer by UpSheRises at 8:54 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • Upsherises smuggling people and rugs go hand in hand.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:44 AM on Mar. 23, 2011

  • should say drugs

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:44 AM on Mar. 23, 2011