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U.S. Border Patrol agents found a Colombian who had been identified as a member of the criminal guerrilla group from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), among a group of undocumented immigrants detained on the southern Texas border, the Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP) reported on Wednesday
The agency explained that agents from the McAllen Border Patrol Station (MCS) found a group of 42 migrants near the Hidalgo area. After a criminal record check, federal authorities discovered that a 38-year-old Colombian migrant was classified as a guerrilla member of the FARC.
The name of the Colombian was not released by the immigration authority.
Last November 30, the State Department announced the removal of the extinct FARC from its blacklist of terrorist groups, which had been on since 1997, claiming that “it no longer exists as a unified organization.”
The State Department has clarified, however, that the decision does not eliminate U.S. charges of drug trafficking and other crimes that exist or may arise in the future against former FARC members.
The institution also pointed out that it has included two associated groups on the list of terrorist organizations: the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) and Segunda Marquetalia.