San Diego - On October 30, agents from the U.S. Border Patrol encountered a 37-year-old man in a canyon near Imperial Beach, Calif. It was determined that he had crossed the border illegally with several other subjects. Agents placed him and the several other subjects under arrest and transported them to a nearby Border Patrol station. The man carried no identification, and originally claimed to be a Mexican citizen.
During routine processing, the man changed his story and claimed to be a United States citizen, taken to Mexico by his father at the age of two. The man had been living with his paternal grandmother in San Luis, Potosi, Mexico since then. The man told agents what information he had about his birth mother, gave them his date of birth, and told them the name of the Chicago hospital where he was born.
The agents diligently researched the information, and were able to obtain a copy of the man's Cook County, Ill. birth certificate. They also contacted his mother, who was able to confirm his story. The man was subsequently released. Agents assisted him with finding temporary shelter in San Diego, and gave him traveler services information so he could arrange transportation to Wisconsin, where his mother now resides.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation's borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.