Smugglers were recently caught at the Arizona-Mexico border using a phony Border Patrol vehicle. The driver was in a fake uniform, U.S. immigration authorities say.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Tucson-area Border Patrol agents took the driver and 10 migrants into custody, according to a tweet from John Modlin, interim chief patrol agent of the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector.
Modlin shared a photo of the phony vehicle, which was very similar to an actual Border Patrol vehicle. Modlin didn’t clarify as to when the incident occurred. The incident contributed to a spike in migrant encounters that authorities have witnessed this year.
Nearly 213,000 migrants were encountered at the southern border in July, a 13% increase over June, according to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. In July 2020, there were just 40,929 encounters.