Border Patrol Agent Arrested For Alleged Migrant Smuggling Scheme

A Border Patrol agent from the Rio Grande Valley Sector has been arrested for allegedly attempting to help illegal immigrants enter the United States using fraudulent documents and false asylum claims. Jorge Alonso was taken into custody on May 22 on human smuggling charges, as announced by Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz on Friday.

Alonso is accused of encouraging and coaching an undocumented immigrant to enter the U.S. through a Port of Entry and claim legal status. Additionally, he allegedly provided a fraudulent U.S. birth certificate to facilitate this process. The goal of the conspiracy was to create a system for other foreign nationals to enter the country illegally using similar methods of smuggling schemes.

“Alonso allegedly encouraged and coached an undocumented immigrant to enter into the U.S. via a Port of Entry and make a claim to legal status,” Saenz stated in a Facebook post. “Alonso also allegedly provided a fraudulent U.S. Birth Certificate. The goal of the conspiracy was to establish a basis for further illegal crossings based on the fraudulent U.S. Birth Certificate.”

The investigation was carried out by multiple agencies, including the district attorney’s office, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the Office of Professional Responsibility. The alleged offense is classified as a special third-degree felony, carrying a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

CBP confirmed Alonso’s arrest to the Daily Caller News Foundation, stating, “A CBP employee assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector was arrested on an outstanding warrant with charges of smuggling and conspiracy to commit smuggling. The incident is under investigation by the Cameron County Attorney’s Office with the assistance of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility and DHS Office of Inspector General.”

This case is not isolated. Other Border Patrol agents have faced similar accusations of using their positions to facilitate illegal activities. In June 2023, Fernando Castillo was caught soliciting a $5,000 bribe from a citizen of El Salvador and Mexico in exchange for paperwork to allow her to stay in the U.S. Castillo was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Additionally, Hector Hernandez, a former Border Patrol agent, was sentenced to 87 months in prison for accepting bribes to smuggle migrants and meth across the U.S.-Mexico border while on duty, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The arrest of Alonso underscores ongoing challenges in maintaining integrity within border enforcement agencies and the need for stringent oversight to prevent such criminal activities.