BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry this weekend intercepted a woman for alleged violations of immigration law. The woman allegedly presented U. S. birth certificates for two Mexican children in an attempt to bring them into the country.
On Saturday, at veterans' International Bridge, a 28-year-old female U.S citizen who resides in Duluth, Ga. applied for admission to enter the United States as a passenger in a taxi accompanied by two minor children. A primary CBP officer referred the taxi 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 two minors for whom they were being presented. CBP officers' research revealed that the six- and seven-year-old boys were Mexican citizens from Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico 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 alleged violations of immigration law. The minor children were turned over to their mother and returned to Mexico.
"Brownsville CBP officers foiled the alleged smuggling attempt of these minor children with no legal immigration documents to enter the United States. I congratulate our primary officers for their vigilance on the frontline," 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.