The Trump administration finally has made good on promises to exact payments from the Mexican government in response to illegal immigration efforts to the United States from Mexico.
According to a Washington Examiner report published Wednesday, American officials have received financial penalties totaling about $1,300, including one fine from the first successful border crossing prosecution outsourced to Mexico under a newly instituted bilateral immigration agreement.
Officially reached one year ago this week, the arrangement allows the U.S. government to extradite all individuals arrested for damaging physical barriers on the southwest border while retaining the right to any fine paid by the violator.
Gloria Chavez, a U.S. Border Patrol chief formerly overseeing zones surrounding El Centro, California, said the first fine collected was for about $600.
“The person paid the fine in lieu of going to jail in Mexico for damaging the border wall,” Chavez said, according to the Examiner.