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Edinburg – Border Patrol agents say when it comes to prosecuting cases, age is actually the reason many suspects get off scot-free.

Spending his free time with children isn’t anything new to this little league umpire. This is Danny Martinez’s 14th year behind the home plate.

“Well, a lot of it is about keeping kids out of trouble. Getting to exert their time in a positive manner instead of, you know, going out on the streets and doing something illegal,” Martinez told CHANNEL 5 NEWS.

The article goes on to state the following:

Agents caught a driver attempting to smuggle 13 people in the country illegally this week.

“The driver was arrested and determined to be a U.S. citizen who was a juvenile,” Medina explained.

Medina told CHANNEL 5 NEWS that the teen was released, no strings attached. Why? “Current laws make it difficult to prosecute these juveniles. In fact, smuggling organizations are well aware of that fact and they do exploit that when they recruit juveniles,” Medina told CHANNEL 5 NEWS.

Medina explained Border Patrol enforces the laws, but they don’t make a decision on prosecution.

Those decisions fall on the shoulders of their federal, state and local partners.

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