Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted two women for alleged violations of immigration law. The pair included a Brownsville woman who presented a U.S. birth certificate for a five-year-old Mexican child accompanying them.
On June 2, at Veteran's International Bridge, a 29-year-old woman applied for admission to enter the United States as the driver of a 2002 Ford Taurus. A second woman, identified as a 33-year-old, was also in the vehicle as a passenger. At CBP primary inspection both women were found to be U.S. citizens.
While at primary, the driver presented documentation for a minor child passenger. The primary CBP officer noted discrepancies with the entry document and referred the subject and her passengers for a secondary inspection. In secondary, officers used a CBP database and discovered that the birth certificate was not issued to the person for whom it was presented. CBP officers determined the child to be a Mexican citizen with no legal immigration documents to enter or reside in the United States.
CBP officers seized the documents. The women were taken into custody and charged with immigration violations. The child was turned over to Mexican immigration authorities and returned to Mexico.
"CBP officers on a daily basis stop alleged attempts to enter the U.S. by using legitimate documents that do not belong to the people attempting to use them. I commend our officers for stopping this attempted alleged immigration violation," 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.