Brownsville, TX - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted a woman for violations of immigration law. The woman presented U.S. birth certificates for two Honduran children in an attempt to bring them into the country.
On Friday, at Veterans' International Bridge, a 48-year-old female Mexican citizen, who resides in Brownsville, applied for admission to enter the United States as the driver of a 2002 Land Rover Freelander accompanied by two minor children. A primary CBP officer referred the Freelander and its occupants for further examination after reviewing the U.S. birth certificates presented as entry documents for the minor children. Officers used a CBP database and discovered that the presented birth certificates had not been issued to the minors for whom they were being presented. CBP officers' research revealed that the boy and girl, both of them seven years old, were Honduran citizens with no legal immigration documents to enter or reside in the United States.
CBP officers seized the documents; the woman was taken into custody for violations of immigration law.
"CBP officers working primary at the Veterans' Bridge stopped this alleged smuggling attempt of two minor children. I applaud our primary officers for their vigilance and attention to detail as they continue to secure our borders," 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.