PORT HURON (WWJ) – Two men and four women from Poland are under arrest for allegedly crossing illegally into the U.S. from Canada.
Kris Grogan with U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the six were tracked by a joint effort from agents on both sides of the border. They were found traveling by boat and were picked up after arriving at the River Street Marina in Port Huron last Friday.
Speaking to WWJ’s Sandra McNeill on Wednesday, Grogan said arrests like these are not particularly rare.
“In this Detroit area, I don’t know the exact numbers last year, but we do see a wide range of ethnicities trying to come across,” Grogan said. “Last year I think it was in the 40s — somewhere in, you know, like 43 or 44 different countries of illegals that we caught in and around the Detroit area last year.”
He said last year, in the Detroit sectors, 600-some people were arrested along 863 miles of international border. He said a new video camera system installed a few years ago is bringing those number down drastically — especially along the St. Clair River.
In this latest case, the boat driver has been charged with bringing in and harboring illegal aliens, while the remaining five were charged with illegal entry. Their names were not immediately released.
It’s unclear at this time if the illegals will face charges in the U.S. or just simply be deported. An immigration court hearing will be scheduled.