Hidalgo, Texas- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge arrested three individuals allegedly attempting to enter the United States utilizing either legitimate or fraudulent documents.
On April 30, CBP officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a 40-year-old male Mexican national attempting to enter the U.S. through the pedestrian lane. The male traveler presented a legal resident card to the primary officer and was referred to secondary for further document review. In secondary CBP officers discovered that the resident card presented had been altered therefore making it a fraudulent, illegitimate document. The male traveler was arrested and found to have no legitimate documents to enter or reside in the United States.
In two other separate unrelated incidents over the weekend, CBP officers also at Hidalgo encountered two female Mexican nationals attempting to enter the U.S. through the pedestrian lane utilizing legitimate border crossing cards belonging to other people. A 52-year-old female from Zitacuaro, Michoacan, Mexico and a 27-year-old female from Tepetixtla, Guerrero, Mexico were arrested after having been referred to secondary and discovering that they were posing as imposters to legitimate entry documents and not being in possession of legal documents to enter or reside in the United States.
The three female travelers were incarcerated pending appearance before a U.S. Federal Magistrate on criminal charges for violation of U.S. immigration law.
"Our officers' exceptional observational and inspectional skills have resulted in detecting these imposters and also the fraudulent document that were being utilized in an illegal attempt to cross our border," said Efrain Solid Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "People need to realize that these are serious violations which CBP takes very seriously."
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.