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Living the American Dream and Protecting the U.S. Border

September 19, 2013

Fernando Beltran, the agent in charge of the Newport, Vermont, station of the United States Border Patrol, oversees some of the Border Patrol officers who guard the Vermont–Quebec border. Photo by Scott Wheeler

DERBY LINE – Fernando Beltran is on the hunt. He turns his Chevy Tahoe from a main road in Holland, Vermont, onto a narrow, winding dirt road that runs along the Vermont–Quebec border, a road that many people probably don’t even notice as they speed past.
Although deer and deer hunters are a common sight along the rural, forested border region, Beltran is not hunting for deer. Instead, he is hunting for drug smugglers and other people trying to enter the United States illegally. He is a United States Border Patrol agent.
Read Fernando Beltran's story in Friday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for Sept. 20, 2013.


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