Illegal immigrants in court after bust in Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE - Nearly a dozen illegal immigrants spent the afternoon in Federal Court after they were caught in an SUV on I-12 in October. Most of them are being held in the Ascension Parish Jail.
WBRZ has learned the nine passengers and driver were in route from Texas to Mississippi when they were stopped by the US Border Patrol in October. At least six of them have previously been deported back to Mexico before. In this instance, many of the illegals were only here in the United States for several days, crossing the border by foot or swimming the Rio Grande.
WBRZ showed off just how problematic it is in an exclusive series nearly eight years ago.
"It's like this every day," Agent Gordon Solis told WBRZ in a 2007 interview.
The problem with the border has been ongoing. Last month, President Obama unveiled sweeping changes that would give millions of illegal immigrants legal status.
"If you meet the criteria, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law," the president said. "If you're a criminal, you'll be deported."
The work the US Border Patrol does in Baton Rouge is a daunting task. Despite continued problems with immigrants getting caught here, critics of the president's plan believe illegals are encouraged to come to the United States.
Trial dates were set for the illegal immigrants who appeared in court today. Their attorneys declined to do an interview.