CBP Officers Apprehend Pedestrian Attempting to Make Entry with Another Person’s Document at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge
LAREDO, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry detained a male subject in connection with a failed attempt to make entry with another person’s entry document via the pedestrian lanes at the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers remain vigilant as they review entry documents to identify and apprehend those who may use fraudulent documents or legitimate entry documents belonging to other people in an attempt to enter and remain in the U.S.,” said Port Director Albert Flores. “CBP officers train regularly to become experts in document examination and interviewing techniques.”
The apprehension occurred on Wednesday, Apr. 25 at the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge. A CBP officer assigned to the pedestrian primary inspection lane referred a 62-year-old male Mexican national for a secondary examination. After escorting the traveler to secondary, a CBP officer noticed discrepancies between the traveler and the resident alien card he presented as he attempted to make entry into the U.S. Utilizing CBP databases and through subsequent biometric verification, CBP officers confirmed that the subject was in fact a Mexican national who had previously been deported to Mexico.
CBP officers confirmed the identity of the subject and transported the subject to a detention center pending criminal proceedings.
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.