TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A July 3 trial has been set for a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer in southern Arizona accused of falsely claiming he was born in the United States.
Marco Antonio De la Garza Jr. has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of making false statements to authorities.
Authorities say De la Garza claimed he was born in Brownsville, Texas, when he is in fact a native of Mexico.
He is accused of lying about his citizenship in October during a background check update tied to his job.
Most Read Nation & World Stories
- Trump said he thinks 'the people would revolt' if he were impeached
- 'Dirty deeds': Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison
- Delta says no more support kittens, puppies on flights
- Warming in Arctic raises fears of 'rapid unraveling’ of the region
- Amazon executives grilled, jeered at New York City Council hearing
De la Garza also is accused of making false statements about his birth country last year when he sought a U.S. passport.
He has worked for the federal agency since April 2012.