Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville port of entry intercepted a woman for alleged violations of immigration law. The woman allegedly presented DSP 150 Visas for herself and a minor child traveling with her in an alleged attempt to make entry into the country.
On Tuesday, May 1, at Gateway International Bridge a 25-year-old female Mexican citizen who resides in Hidalgo, Mexico applied for admission to enter the United States as a pedestrian accompanied by a 13-year-old boy. A CBP officer at primary inspection referred them both to secondary for further examination after the woman and child presented DSP 150 Visas as entry documents. In secondary, CBP officers used a CBP database and discovered that the visas were not issued to the persons who were presenting them as entry documents. CBP officers discovered that the adult female has been deported several times before and the male child is a Guatemalan citizen with no legal immigration documents to enter or reside in the United States.
CBP officers seized the documents; the adult woman was taken into custody in connection with alleged violations of U.S. immigration law. CBP officers identified the 13-year-old, processed him and returned him to Guatemala.
"A well trained enforcement minded presence on the frontline has stopped another alleged attempt to evade immigration laws and enter the country. I commend our CBP officers for their service, their diligence and commitment to our mission as America's frontline protectors," 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.