13 illegal aliens were apprehended at a California border crossing posing as U.S. marines riding in a fake military van with stolen plates.
The van drew suspicion in part because it had an altered U.S. Government license plate, we’re told. But I think the real giveaway was that all the ‘soldiers’ had ‘Perez’ written on their uniform, which is kinda funny.
The LA Times adds that, such ploys have a long history along the border. Over the years, immigrants have disguised themselves as hard-hatted contractors and utility repairmen, and smugglers have painted and placed decals on cars to look like Border Patrol or other government vehicles.
Mr. Obama, if America is such a rotten, racist, bigoted country, why do people go through such elaborate schemes to get a taste of it?
The illegal immigrants were clad in Marine uniforms when they were apprehended at the Campo Border Patrol Westbound I-8 checkpoint at 11 p.m. on March 14 near Pine Valley, Calif., border officials said. Two U.S. citizens in the van also were arrested.
After the suspicious white van was subjected to secondary inspection, it was determined that the driver of the vehicle and its front seat passenger were U.S. citizens who were attempting to smuggle 13 illegal immigrants into the United States. All of the vehicle’s occupants wore U.S. Marine uniforms, reportedly emblazoned with the name “Perez.”
“This effort is an example of the lengths smugglers will go to avoid detection, and the skilled and effective police work and vigilance displayed everyday by Customs and Border Protection personnel,” the agency said in a written statement.