Border Agent, Mother Charged With Harboring Illegal Immigrants

A federal Customs and Border Protection officer and his mother have been indicted on charges they harbored illegal immigrants on their property in suburban New Orleans.

Federal prosecutors say 39-year-old Merlin Mireles drove a Mexican woman and her two children from Texas to Metairie after they illegally entered the U.S. Mireles and his mother, 66-year-old Gloria Mireles, allegedly gave the woman and her family places to live in exchange for her performing housekeeping chores.

Gloria Mireles also allegedly helped the woman get a part-time job and helped enroll her children in public schools.

A three-count indictment handed up Friday against Mireles and her son includes a conspiracy charge punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Merlin Mireles was a border officer assigned to Port of Progreso, Texas.