Miami - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Miami international airport apprehended numerous subjects this weekend attempting to enter the United States by fraudulent means. One 25-year-old male was apprehended when he presented a U.S. passport that he had obtained fraudulently. A 22-year-old male was found to be in possession of a counterfeit U.S. Non-Immigrant visa and there were four other incidents where subjects had obtained backdated admission stamps in their passports in order to conceal previous overstays.
Officers with the Regional Carrier Liaison Group also prevented 20 individuals from arriving in the United States by confirming to airline personnel that the documents presented for boarding were fantasy passports. A fantasy document is one that is not issued by a legitimate governmental agency. In this case the documents were from "The World Government of World Citizens" and they are not recognized by the United States Government as an official travel document.
"Our officers are ever vigilant and highly trained in the inspection of counterfeit documents. These interceptions were an excellent example of how they prevent unauthorized entry into the United States on a daily occurrence," said Harold Woodward, director of Field Operations in Miami for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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.