CBP Field Operations Officers Arrest Two Imposters at Hidalgo International Bridge
HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested two imposters in separate, unrelated incidents this weekend.
“Uncovering violations of immigration law and preventing illegal narcotics from entering the country are part of the CBP mission, and our officers continue to uphold that mission diligently,” said Acting Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On Sunday, Dec. 17, CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a 30-year-old male Mexican citizen from Puebla, Mexico as he arrived at the border crossing as a pedestrian. The man presented a laser visa, a primary CBP officer noted discrepancies to the visa and referred the male pedestrian to CBP secondary for further examination. In secondary, checks of national law enforcement databases revealed the laser visa was issued to another person and not the man presenting it as an entry document.
Later that same day CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a 18-year-old male Mexican citizen from Guerrero, Mexico as he attempted to make entry to the United States as a pedestrian. The man presented a laser visa to a primary CBP officer who referred the pedestrian to secondary inspection. After checks of national law enforcement databases were conducted, it was discovered that the visa was issued to another person and not the man presenting it as an entry document.
CBP officers seized the documents and the men were taken into custody for violations of U.S. immigration law.
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