Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville port of entry intercepted a man who encouraged and induced an adult undocumented alien to attempt to gain entry into the country illegally.
On Wednesday, March 16, at Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge a 19-year-old male U.S citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas applied for admission to enter the United States as a pedestrian accompanied by a man in a wheelchair. A primary CBP officer escorted the pair to passport secondary for further examination after reviewing the documents presented for the men by the male pedestrian. In secondary, CBP officers used a CBP database and discovered that the document presented for the man in the wheelchair did not belong to him. CBP officers discovered the man in the wheelchair, identified as a 51-year-old citizen of Mexico, had been previously deported to Mexico and had no legal immigration documents to enter or reside in the United States.
CBP officers seized the documents and both men were taken into custody for alleged violations of immigration law.
"Brownsville CBP officers intercepted this alleged smuggling attempt of a man in a wheelchair with no legal immigration documents to enter the United States. I congratulate our officers for their attention to detail, their vigilance and dedication to our 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.