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 a U.S. birth certificate for an adult female and a U.S. passport card for a minor child in an alleged attempt to bring them into the country.
On Monday, Oct. 10, at Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge a 23-year-old female U.S citizen who resides in San Benito, Texas applied for admission to enter the United States as the driver of a gray 1997 Chevrolet Lumina accompanied by an adult female Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico and two minor children. A CBP officer at primary inspection referred the vehicle and its occupants to secondary for further examination after the woman presented a U.S. birth certificate for the adult and a U.S. passport card as entry documents for the minor child. In secondary, CBP officers used a CBP database and discovered that the birth certificate and passport card allegedly were not issued to the persons for whom they were being presented. CBP officers discovered that the adult female and minor male child were Mexican citizens with no legal immigration documents to enter or reside in the United States.
CBP officers seized the documents; the driver identified as a U.S. citizen was taken into custody in connection with alleged violations of U.S. immigration law. CBP officers identified the adult female passenger as the mother of the minor children; both alleged undocumented passengers were processed and returned to Mexico.
"Vigilance on the frontline by CBP officers has stopped another alleged attempt to circumvent immigration laws at our country's front door. I commend our officers for their service and commitment to accomplishing CBP mission," 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.