Border Patrol Agent Sentenced To Prison For Attempted Migrant Smuggling In El Paso

Fernando Castillo, a 42-year-old U.S. Border Patrol agent, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for attempting to smuggle a female migrant from El Salvador into Texas. Castillo pleaded guilty in February to one count of bribery of a public official.

According to the criminal complaint, Castillo had been working at a migrant processing center in El Paso when he encountered the woman who was also a citizen of Mexico. He offered to help her obtain immigration papers for $5,000 which would allow her to stay in the country indefinitely.

The woman initially declined and was removed to Mexico where she discovered that Castillo had stolen $500 from her belongings. She returned to the port of entry to report the incident to authorities who began an investigation into Castillo’s actions.

Federal investigators had the woman agree to Castillo’s offer while they continued their investigation. Castillo was arrested a few days later after he logged into a computer system and made changes to the woman’s file to obtain fraudulent documents for her entry into the country.

The betrayal by Castillo of the United States and its citizens as he used his position of authority and the responsibilities and trust given to him to defend the borders to sell out those who put their faith in him to do his duty.