San Ysidro, California — Two Mexican nationals were arrested after a man was found disguised as a vehicle seat in an attempt to enter the US illegally. Enrique Aguilar Canchola, 42, was found literally sewn into a seat of a 15-passenger van.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents at the San Ysidro-Tijuana border crossing tagged the vehicle for secondary inspection suspecting it might be carrying a shipment of drugs. But upon closer inspection, they shockingly discovered that it was carrying something they had never seen before — a man disguised as a part of the vehicle itself.
ICE agents were both astonished and confused by the clever disguise. It took them nearly an hour to free the man from the contraption. He and the van’s driver were both arrested and booked into the LA County Detention Center where they will be processed for immediate deportation.
The San Ysidro port of entry, which separates Tijuana, Mexico, from San Diego County, is the busiest border crossing in the world. Last year alone, over 30 million people entered the US through this very border station.
According to ICE officials, incidents like Mr. Canchola’s is part of an ever increasing trend where undocumented immigrants will do whatever it takes to enter the United States. Even if it means risking their lives by cramming their bodies into potentially deadly compartments.