Two U.S. Soldiers Facing Human Smuggling Charges

( – Military members are well-respected in the US, and for good reason. They put their lives on the line to protect our republic and some pay with that life. That’s what makes recent news out of Texas even more disturbing.

On June 15, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced two service members stationed at Fort Hood in Texas were charged with attempting to smuggle undocumented immigrants into San Antonio. Two days prior, active-duty Army soldier Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie 18, and Pennsylvania National Guardsman Emmanuel Oppongagyare 20, were wearing their uniforms as they approached a Hebbronville Border Patrol checkpoint. During an inspection of their vehicle, agents discovered two illegal immigrants in the trunk.

The two men said they were going to receive payment for picking up the immigrants and driving to San Antonio. An unnamed trafficker reportedly told them to wear their uniforms to avoid scrutiny.

Human smuggling is a massive problem along the border. Cartels and other criminals try to get thousands of people into the US every month by one means or another. Many of those immigrants are abused by their smugglers, some even die.

The fact that US soldiers who are sworn to protect us are now implicated in a smuggling case is very disappointing, to say the least. The men are facing up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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