Early Tuesday morning U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents of the Houlton Sector apprehended 20 Romanian nationals who had illegally crossed the U.S.-Canada border into Hodgdon, Maine.
According to Border Patrol, the 20 foreign nationals — made up of 10 adults and 10 juveniles — crossed the border illegally inside four vehicles in what was described by the agency as a “border rush.”
Agents responded to the crossing shortly after 6 a.m., and stopped the vehicles by utilizing emergency equipment.
The foreign nationals were then transported to Fort Fairfield Station for processing.
The processing revealed that all 20 foreign nationals were citizens of Romania.
Two of the Romanian nationals were positive matches with Transnational Criminal Organized Crime and were processed for expedited removal hearings.
“This incident is indicative of an overall rise in apprehensions witnessed here in Houlton Sector,” said Acting Patrol Agent in Charge Dennis Harmon. “In the last three Octobers, Houlton Sector encountered a total of 33 individuals. In fiscal year 2024 alone, we’ve encountered 55. While this increase poses challenges to Border Patrol resources, it does not dissuade the great work done by our dedicated Agents here in Houlton Sector.”
CBP data reports a total of 57 northern land border encounters in the Houlton Sector in fiscal year 2021 (FY21), a number that increased to 303 in FY22 and 300 in FY23.