The U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release on the matter falsely claimed that the man was caught “attempting” to enter the U.S., though the facts show that the man did enter the U.S. illegally, as U.S. federal agents only have authority to arrest individuals after they come onto U.S. soil–a detail and subtle word manipulation that gives the false impression to Americans that some form of actual barrier exists to prevent such criminals from entering the U.S. at will.
The man, identified by authorities as 27-year-old Luis Armando Barrera Espinoza, is also suspected of trafficking methamphetamine.
The arrest occurred in California’s El Centro Sector, immediately east of the border sector where Border Patrol agent Robert Rosas was brutally murdered. In that case, Mexican citizens jumped a small border fence and intentionally set off a sensor to lure a Border Patrol agent to the area. Once Agent Rosas arrived, the men brutally murdered him, though Agent Rosas is described as having fought back with all he had.