Los Angeles - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) apprehended six undocumented aliens; three adult males, one adult female and her two children upon their arrival on a flight from Lima, Peru to Los Angeles.
On July 19, at approximately 4:00 pm, CBP was notified that the crew on board found pieces of torn passports in a bathroom on the plane. A CBP team was dispatched to meet the arriving aircraft.
As they got off the plane, CBP officers apprehended six undocumented aliens, all of Sri Lankan nationality who were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Child Protective Services was also notified.
The Office of Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism. 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.
On a typical day in Fiscal year 2010, CBP executed 1,903 apprehensions at and in between the port of entry for illegal entry, intercepted 83 fraudulent documents and arrested 75 criminals at ports of entry.
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.