Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry in a recent five-day period have intercepted 10 individuals for alleged various violations of immigration law, including three female El Salvadoran in possession of alleged counterfeit documents who had attempted entry through the port.
Over the span of five days, from March 17-21, CBP officers at the Brownsville port of entry have intercepted a total of 10 persons on various alleged violations of immigration law. CBP officers also arrested one woman for an alleged immigration law violation for allegedly aiding another person to enter the U.S. without proper documentation.
Three of the more notable immigration law enforcement actions occurred on Thursday, March 18, at the Gateway International Bridge. CBP officers in three separate occasions encountered three female citizens of El Salvador presenting alleged counterfeit documents to enter the United States. The first woman, a 24-year-old from Usulután, El Salvador, presented an alleged counterfeit visa and a passport from El Salvador as her entry documents. In the second case, a 31-year-old woman from San Miguel, El Salvador handed a primary CBP officer an alleged fraudulent visa and El Salvadoran passport as she attempted entry into the U.S. In the third case, a 46-year-old female citizen of El Salvador from San Francisco, El Salvador applied for admission to enter the United States as a pedestrian. This applicant for admission presented an alleged counterfeit U.S. passport as her entry document. The inspecting CBP officers in these three cases noted several discrepancies with the entry documents and referred the subjects for a secondary inspection. In secondary, CBP officers confirmed the documents presented were not valid.
CBP officers seized the documents in all 10 cases. All 10 cases have or will be referred for charges of violating immigration law.
"Vigilance by our CBP officers in the performance of our critical mission has been instrumental in the interception of these undocumented persons attempting entry into our country with alleged counterfeit documents. I congratulate our officers for their continued service in protecting our nation," said Michael Freeman, Port Director, Brownsville, Texas.
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.