CBP Officers Arrest Woman Attempting to Use Another’s Identity at Progreso/Donna Port of Entry
PROGRESO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Progreso Port of Entry on Wednesday arrested a Mexican woman for violations of immigration law in connection with an attempt to enter the U.S. as an American citizen by using another person’s identity.
“Using someone else’s identity is a serious violation of U.S. immigration law and often results in criminal prosecution,” said Acting Port Director Walter Weaver, Progreso/Donna Ports of Entry. "I applaud our CBP officers as they remain focused and employ diligent efforts to keep our nation safe.”
On Wednesday, January 3, CBP officers assigned to the Progreso International Bridge encountered a female subject as she arrived at the border crossing as a passenger in a 2011 Ford Mustang. The woman claimed to be an American citizen and presented a birth certificate issued in Weslaco, Texas to substantiate her claim. The inspecting CBP officer observed the woman’s nervous demeanor and referred her to secondary for an in-depth inspection. In secondary, further inspection and review of CBP and national law enforcement databases and verification of the subject’s biometrics revealed her true identity, citizenship and a prior immigration violation. CBP databases identified the woman as a 23-year-old citizen of Mexico who had been previously removed from the U.S.
CBP officers seized the document and took the woman into custody pending criminal proceedings.
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