Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted two women and three men who allegedly attempted to illegally enter the country as imposters.
On Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at Gateway International Bridge primary CBP officers foiled five alleged attempts to enter the country in five separate enforcement actions by individuals using legitimate documents that had not been issued to the persons presenting them as their entry documents. The pedestrians, three males and two females were determined to be citizens of Mexico. In all cases the Mexican citizens were escorted by CBP officers to passport processing for further identification and examination. In secondary, CBP officers used a CBP database to determine the identity of the travelers as alleged Mexican citizens with no legal immigration documents to enter or reside in the United States.
CBP officers took custody of the intended immigrants and processed them for alleged violations of immigration law.
"In a span of just a few hours our CBP officers working primary inspections intercepted these alleged would-be immigrants and stopped them from entering the country without legal immigration documents. I congratulate and applaud our officers for their outstanding work in the interception of the alleged violators of immigration law," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville.
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.