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Charlotte woman caught driving SUV packed with people smuggled into US, agents say

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Immigrant community advocates gather to present an open letter to Mecklenburg County Sheriff Irwin Carmichael demanding an end to the 287g ICE program, which they feel hurts the local immigrant community.
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Immigrant community advocates gather to present an open letter to Mecklenburg County Sheriff Irwin Carmichael demanding an end to the 287g ICE program, which they feel hurts the local immigrant community.

The U.S. Border Patrol says a Charlotte woman was part of a scheme to bring people into the U.S. illegally, via Canada.

A complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vermont, says Border Patrol agents were alerted early Sunday that six people had walked into the United States from Canada in Highgate, Vermont.

The suspect, Carmen Melari Ferrufino Perdomo, is a 28-year-old Charlottean, media outlets report. Investigators say Ferrufino Perdomo was seen driving an SUV on Saturday that included six Mexican citizens who were being brought into the country illegally, according to a government press release. The six passengers, who were between the ages of 21 and 54, told investigators they had crossed into the United States that night, reported the Associated Press.

None of the Mexican citizens, who were arrested as material witnesses in the case, had criminal or immigration records, reported AP.

The Border Patrol says the area where the group was first spotted has seen multiple smuggling events in the past few weeks, reported AP.

Two daughters, Stephanie Delgado-Garcia, left, and Yairi Delgado-Garcia, of two brothers facing deportation, Jose and Dario Delgado Arroyo, describe how they first learned of their fathers' detainment, after participating in a protest outside the

The complaint said Ferrufino Perdomo flew from New York to Burlington on Saturday, where she rented the car in which she was apprehended, said a press release. Records said she had planned to return the vehicle later Sunday in New York, said government officials. Ferrufino Perdomo is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally form Honduras.

If convicted, Ferrufino Perdomo faces up to five years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000. The actual sentence would be determined with reference to federal sentencing guidelines.

The Swanton Sector Border Patrol is responsible for securing the land border between ports of entry in Vermont as well as New Hampshire and northeastern New York.

Immigrant community advocates gather to present an open letter to Mecklenburg County Sheriff Irwin Carmichael demanding an end to the 287g ICE program, which they feel hurts the local immigrant community.

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