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A Mexican national reportedly claimed to be a U.S. citizen in order to become a Border Patrol agent. The man worked for six years before the discovery.
Federal prosecutors charged Marco Antonio De la Garza Jr, 37, for allegedly telling U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials he was born in Texas and therefore a U.S. citizen when he applied for his position as a Border Patrol agent, the Daily Mail reported.
The Mexican national also allegedly lied on a U.S. passport application.
The matter came to light following a background check update conducted by CBP in October. The update was required in connection with his job. It is not clear how the discrepancy was missed during his initial background investigation when he was hired.
CBP officials stated they arrested De la Garza on February 22.
Prosecutors claim De la Garza claimed to be born in Brownsville, Texas, when he appears to have actually been born across the river in Matamoros, Mexico. Officials also obtained school documents where his parents used Mexican birth records for enrollment, the news outlet reported.
A midwife also claimed De la Garza was born in Brownsville. However, she has a conviction for conspiring to make false statements on a birth certificate dating back to 1984, the article states.
CBP officials confirmed they hired the man in 2012 but had no further comment on the case, which appears to reflect on the agency’s pre-employment screening process. CBP did not comment on the agent’s current status or how he was hired.