Authorities announced the Thursday arrest of Saifullah Al-Mamun, who they allege smuggled large numbers of people into the U.S. by way of a network operating in Brazil and Latin America.
U.S. Border Patrol agents say a 30-year-old U.S. citizen impersonated a first responder in an attempt to smuggle three people across a U.S. border checkpoint.
Video shows a man on a raft smuggling a pair of immigrants across the Rio Grande river separating the United States and Mexico—just yards from a heavily armed port of entry.
Department of Homeland Security reported it initiated 2,117 cases against suspected human smugglers through June, compared to 2,110 cases for all of 2016.
Uber Mexico said in a statement that it bore no responsibility but was cooperating with the authorities.
Friends and journalists have claimed that an Eritrean refugee has been arrested in a case of mistaken identity.