CBP Officers Determine Unaccompanied Alien Child is Actually Adult Attempting Fraudulent Entry
EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry arrested a 21-year-old man who was using another person’s birth certificate in an attempt to enter the country as an unaccompanied alien child. The man, a pregnant female seeking asylum, and others seeking entry were being escorted from Mexico to the U.S. by members of a non-governmental organization at the Paso Del Norte crossing October 14.
The pregnant female and UAC were escorted for processing. Further queries revealed the UAC was actually a 21-year old male fraudulently utilizing his minor cousin’s Guatemalan birth certificate. The subject will be prosecuted under 8 USC 1325 (a) (3) – False or Misleading Representation.
“CBP will maintain its vital homeland security mission at all times. CBP officers are vigilant and thorough in their document exams,” said Ray Provencio, CBP El Paso acting Port Director. “History has proven that people will attempt to utilize any method they can to enter our nation in a fraudulent manner. We strongly encourage those who want to support those seeking entry to be vigilant that those they support aren’t attempting to circumvent U.S. laws.”
The violator seeking fraudulent entry is identified as 21-year-old Baltazar Almicar Nolasco Pascual of Guatemala. He was in possession of his younger cousins’ birth certificate at the time of attempted entry. He was booked into the El Paso County Jail. The pregnant female was processed as a credible fear applicant.
CBP processes undocumented persons as expeditiously as possible without negating the agency's overall mission, or compromising the safety of individuals within our custody. The number of inadmissible individuals CBP is able to process varies based upon case complexity; available resources; medical needs; translation requirements; holding/detention space; overall port volume; and ongoing enforcement actions. Depending upon port circumstances at the time of arrival, individuals presenting without documents may need to wait in Mexico as CBP officers work to process those already within our facilities. CBP officers allow more people into our facilities for processing once space becomes available or other factors allow for additional parties to arrive.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.