With the southern border in disarray and crime rampant across America, the Biden administration’s policies and poor decision-making are sentencing the U.S. into a never-ending whirlwind of illegal immigration, with a Biden administration-released Colombian national now facing time behind bars for human smuggling.
The Colombian illegal immigrant was recently arrested in Vermont by Swanton Sector Border Patrol agents for allegedly smuggling a group of Mexican nationals across the Canadian border.
The Colombian human smuggler reportedly entered the U.S. through the southern border in 2022 and was later released by the Biden administration on an immigration parole, as reported by Breitbart News.
“What’s happening along our southern border affects our northern border as well,” Swanton Sector Chief Patrol Agent Robert Garcia wrote in a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Border security is national security.”
A citizen of Colombia who illegally entered the U.S. in Texas on 8/31/22 was recently arrested near Canaan, VT for felony human smuggling.What’s happening along our southern border affects our northern border as well. Border security is national security. See more from @USAO_VT⬇️ https://t.co/gJnjLkg08V pic.twitter.com/bzt2PAx4uX
— Chief Patrol Agent Robert Garcia (@USBPChiefSWB) November 7, 2023
The Colombian illegal immigrants’ arrest comes after a Border Patrol agent in Beecher Falls, Vermont, noticed a suspicious Honda Accord driving throughout an area widely known for human smuggling activity, per Breitbart News. The agent reported the vehicle’s description on his radio and just a few moments later, another agent observed the same vehicle 11 miles away.
The agent identified the driver of the Honda Accord as David Henao-Palacio, a 28-year-old Colombian citizen. Upon being apprehended, David-Palacio provided the agent with a New Jersey driver’s license.
When the agent began to look inside Henao-Palacio’s vehicle, he noticed three passengers in the rear seat, who appeared to look nervous. As the agent tried to interview the passengers, Henao-Palacio reportedly instructed them not to speak, according to a criminal complaint.
After taking the driver and three passengers out of the Honda Accord and sitting them alongside a roadway, the three passengers fled into the woods. The agent then proceeded to arrest Henao-Palacio.
Eventually, the three passengers who fled the scene were later found and taken into custody. They were soon identified as Mexican nationals who illegally crossed into Vermont from the Canadian border.
Henao-Palacio reportedly told authorities that an individual contacted him about transporting three Mexican nationals to New Brunswick, New Jersey, for a total payout of $1,500. The Colombian illegal immigrant now faces charges of human smuggling, which, if convicted, carry a sentence of up to five years behind bars.
Records indicated that Heano-Palacio illegally entered the U.S. through the southern border on Aug. 31, 2022.