In order to be a US Border Patrol agent, you have to meet some basic requirements. You have to pass a drug test. You cannot be a convicted criminal. And you also have to be a US citizen with a valid driver’s license. These are the prerequisites. If you lie about any of these points, you may find yourself defending you actions in court.
That’s what’s about to happen in Tuscon, Arizona where a former Border Patrol agent is facing criminal charges for lying to his employer and telling he was a citizen. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Marco Antonio De la Garza Jr. is now facing charges for faking his citizenship status.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Marco Antonio De la Garza Jr. told his superiors that he was born in Texas. He was actually born in Mexico.
An indictment filed Wednesday in Tucson alleges De la Garza Jr. lied about his citizenship in October during a background-check.
Authorities are now investigating exactly how De la Garza managed to pass himself off at other points in his hiring process. Yet he did, and it wasn’t until the followup that something seemed amiss.
Matthew H. Green, the attorney representing De la Garza, hasn’t been forthcoming with an explanation. Despite repeated requests for comment by various news organizations, neither Green nor De la Garza have commented.