- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A New Jersey man is facing federal charges that he transported two Portuguese men after they allegedly entered the United States illegally from Canada.

The U.S. Border Patrol says Jose Manuel Moreira de Sousa was arrested near the Vermont-Quebec border Tuesday in Essex County along with two passengers in his car who did not have permission to be in the United States.

Court documents say Moreira de Sousa acknowledged driving the two men to the Canadian-U.S. border, helped them plan their route into the United States and then, after he crossed into Vermont legally, transported them.

Moreira de Sousa allegedly told an agent U.S. immigration law made him smuggle people into the country because he can’t find workers for his business.

Moreira de Sousa’s attorney declined comment.

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