Agency spokesman Michael Jimenez says Tuesday that the van was stopped at a border patrol checkpoint March 14 along Interstate 8. Jimenez says the van had a U.S. government license plate with an altered number. He says it's not known where the group obtained the military uniforms.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is handling the investigation. Navy investigators referred calls to Washington, D.C., and no one could be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.
Jimenez says two U.S. citizens who were with the immigrants were arrested on suspicion of alien smuggling. He says three of the illegal immigrants are being held in federal custody as witnesses and the others have been returned to Mexico, their country of origin.
Released them to Mexico? Are you kidding?
Hey, they wanted to be Marines, let' em be Marines. COMBAT Marines. Enlist them for 4 years with a minimum of 2 in Afghanistan.
No problem, Juan, Jesus and Jose (that covers all 13 of them), welcome to America.