Arrests of Romanians on US -Mexico Border

in Transnational Crime

In the 2012 Fiscal Year, the United States Customs and Border Protection apprehended 901 people from Romania along the US-Mexico border. The number arrested in 2012 was higher than the 575 Romanians apprehended in 20011, and the 384 people caught in 2010.

Law enforcement officials in the United States and Canada reported that the Romanians illegally enter the United States in order to eventually cross into Canada, where they attempt to gain asylum.

Source:  Associated Press, “Canada Targets Romanians Smuggling Gypsies,” NPR, December 5, 2012.

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