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CBP Arrests Imposter Posing as U.S. Citizen at El Paso Port of Entry

Release Date: 
August 5, 2011

El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at area ports of entry have made several recent immigration violation arrests.

On August 4, a 37-year-old male applied for admission into the U.S. at the Paso Del Norte port of entry pedestrian crossing by presenting a U.S. passport. The individual also presented an Illinois driver license and identification card to substantiate his claim. The primary CBP officer suspected that this subject was an impostor and had made a documented false claim to U.S. citizenship and referred the subject to Passport Control Secondary for further inspection.

In PCS secondary, CBP officers discovered that the individual had been deported in 2007. The subject also admitted that the document he presented to CBP was not his but had in fact been purchased from an unknown vendor in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico for $500.

CBP officers arrested Juan Carlos Caballero Lopez for documented false claim to U.S. citizenship and booked him into the El Paso County Jail where he is being held without bond.

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers remain vigilant as they review entry documents to identify and apprehend those who use fraudulent or invalid documents in an attempt to enter the U.S.," said CBP El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha. "CBP officers train regularly to become experts in document examination and interviewing techniques."

CBP officers also recorded 63 immigration violations at area ports this week including 40 intended immigrants and six impostors. Intended immigrants will illegally use a legally issued border-crossing card (laser visa) to live or work in the U.S., which is not authorized. They also lose their documents and are generally returned to Mexico. Impostors generally will use a legitimate entry document assigned to another person and present it as their own. Violators generally lose their documents, can be prosecuted and go to jail and/or are returned to Mexico. CBP officers also recorded 17 cases of people making false claims to U.S. citizenship, people attempting to enter with counterfeit or altered documents, and stopping those who previously entered the country illegally. Most of these people will be prosecuted and go to jail.

In addition to the immigration violations, CBP officers working at area ports of entry made three marijuana seizures, during the week of August 1, for an approximate weight of 186.78 pounds.

CBP officers working at area ports took 13 people into custody who were being sought on outstanding warrants and lookouts to include a check fraud, dangerous drugs, fugitive from justice and a missing juvenile.

CBP officers working at ports of entry in El Paso, West Texas and New Mexico made six seizures of agricultural items. Violators paid $1,425 in penalties in association with the violations. Prohibited food products seized included fresh mangos, apples and pickled pork skins.

CBP Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. The CBP officer's primary mission is anti-terrorism. Everyday they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing trade laws, enforcing immigration laws, protecting the nation's food supply and protecting U.S. agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021