An Irish man has been arrested in the US on a visa fraud charge, US officials said on Friday, as the Department of Homeland Security warned it is looking into the case.
The suspect, whose name was not released, was arrested in Florida on Wednesday after a US customs officer in Georgia found him at an airport and asked for his passport.
The suspect’s wife told the US that the suspect had crossed into the US illegally and tried to get into the country with her husband.
The arrest came after President Donald Trump ordered the US government to begin reviewing its vetting procedures for foreigners trying to enter the US.
“This man has entered our country illegally, but we need to determine whether there are grounds to believe he is an agent of a foreign power,” the White House said in a statement.
The man, whose identity was not disclosed, has been charged with making a false entry and with attempting to illegally enter the United States.
He was taken to the Georgia State Police facility, where he was booked and detained.
He is scheduled to appear in court in Georgia on Friday.
The Associated Press reported that Homeland Security was investigating the case after receiving information that the US citizen was in the country illegally.
“The department is aware of a citizen of the United Kingdom who is in the process of illegally entering the United State,” a DHS spokesperson told The Associated Press.
The department said it would not comment on specific investigations, but said it was working with local law enforcement.”
DHS will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
The department said it would not comment on specific investigations, but said it was working with local law enforcement.
The US has seen an increase in the number of people who enter the country by boat or through the US-Mexico border in recent months, as a surge in illegal immigrants, many from Central America, have sought sanctuary in the United Southland.
In the past two weeks alone, at least 10 migrants have died in the border region.
More than 1,000 migrants have been killed at the border since the start of October, according to the Mexican government, and many more have been missing.