Skip to comments.Sri Lankan nationals detained at McAllen(Texas) airport
Posted on 01/13/2009 4:54:29 PM PST by SwinneySwitch
McALLEN -- A man accused of aiding three Sri Lankan nationals to enter the country illegally is set to make an early court appearance this morning.
U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested Suresh Suntharalingam, 38, of Canada, on Wednesday, after customs inspectors at McAllen-Miller International Airport found him holding plane tickets for the three illegal immigrants carrying fake Canadian identification cards.
The men later told authorities that their families had paid $32,000 to Suntharalingam to guide them to Canada through Mexico and the United States.
After flying into Mexico City and traveling to the border, the group snuck across the Rio Grande by boat on Dec. 28. They had been living in a McAllen hotel ever since, according to a criminal complaint filed in Suntharalingam's case.
It was not immediately clear Monday whether Suntharalingam had retained an attorney. He declined to answer investigators' questions without a lawyer.
All four men made their initial appearances in federal court Thursday and spoke with the judge via a teleconference with a translator fluent in Tamil, one of two official languages in Sri Lanka.
Fighting between the Sri Lankan military and paramilitary groups such as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has increased across the country since January 2008, according to a U.S. State Department travel warning issued last month.
Bomb explosions in densely populated areas have killed dozens of civilians in the island nation off the southwest Indian coast.
Jeremy Roebuck covers courts and general assignments for The Monitor. You can reach him at (956) 683-4437.
The weakest link in these borders was the US border with Mexico. We need to finish the fence.
Rio Grande ping!
If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.
Swinney - I’ve been reading excerpts online from this book (Patrolling Chaos) about the McAllen Sector of the Border Patrol in S. Texas. Some riveting episodes we usually hear nothing about ie the bad guys are watching us closely.
Neither government is cracking down on it to my satisfaction. Why do you ask?
Thanks for the ping SwinneySwitch.
Thanks again for the ping. Sure is a lot of money just for a ride. Would not think that Sri Lankans have that kind of money to burn. Hhhhmmmmm.....What’s up?
Have I got this right? Canadians are sneeking people through Mexico to get here......kinda blows the open border theory that terrorists will only come through Canada, doesn’t it?
Canada is cracking down on Canadian citizens. My wife is a Canadian citizen who was born in Germany while her father was stationed there. She applied for her new Canadian passport in August of 2008 sending in her Certificate of Registration of birth paperwork, the immigration card received at Pier 21 and a DND birth certificate with the application. When the passport arrived here it included what my sister-in-law called a snotgram informing my wife that because her Certificate of Registration of Birth Abroad was showing signs of age she would have to apply for a Canadian Citizenship card at a cost of $75 before April 9,2009. Checking on the Immigration Canada website you can imagine our disgust that the time given for a card to be received is between 12 and 18 months! So much for Canadians! hmppphh
Good luck with all that, Chief Engineer!
You "hope" to see the certificate before 18 months have passed? I'm sorry to be the one to inform you that if you and your wife don't stay on top of this, you'll be lucky to see it in less that three years!
My husband needed his proof of citizenship shortly after 9/11.
OK, granted, it must have been busy at the time, but still. We paid our $75, and.......3 1/2 years later, his "papers" showed up.
So much for Canadians! hmppphh
;-) It's bureaucracy, and it's everywhere.
less that = less than
My wife is picturing a little old lady hunched over a desk above a coal plant in Sydney, her coke bottle glasses sliding down her nose as she yields her trusty number 2 pencil going over each i and t in each application form. Bureaucrats will be the death of us all!
That comment deserved it's own reply!
ROFLOL! Great wording CE.
That little old lady is the only thing keeping the NET and NWO from taking over.
She keeps real records.