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Border Patrol Uncovers Massive Fraud Ring

( – The fraught situation on our southern border keeps revealing new problems. Detention centers are overflowing and unaccompanied children continue turning up in droves. Of course, all this confusion presents great opportunities for criminals of various sorts.

Fraud appears to be the new order of the day at the border, as aspiring entrants falsify their information to attempt to gain access more easily. On Tuesday, April 13, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) released a report on two “fraudulent family units” agents recently apprehended in Arizona.

In one case, an 8-year-old girl and 36-year-old man claimed to be father and daughter, but their story was exposed as untrue due to discrepancies in their stories. Agents separated the pair and processed them individually. 

In the second case, a 14-year-old girl and 40-year-old woman, claiming to be mother and daughter, were exposed as being aunt and niece.

Entry to the US is a sought-after prize for people in many disadvantaged countries. This kind of criminal innovation should not be any cause for surprise. However, the fact some migrants are willing to use children in this way illustrates how ruthless they can be.

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