El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Paso Del Norte international crossing in downtown El Paso Wednesday arrested a 21-year-old Juarez woman on alien smuggling charges. The woman was trying to smuggle a 10-year-old Mexican boy into the U.S.
"Every day CBP officers working at the El Paso port of entry identify and stop people who are not authorized to enter the U.S.," said CBP El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha "Their close attention to detail in their examination of entry documents combined with their interviewing techniques generate dozens of immigration related enforcement actions every week."
The apprehension was made at approximately 7:39 p.m., when 21-year-old U.S. citizen and Juarez resident Adriana Elizabeth Duran entered the port accompanied by a young male. Duran told the CBP officer at the primary inspection station that the boy was her younger brother and she presented a U.S. birth certificate for the boy. CBP officers continued their examination and were able to determine that the boy was not the same person named on the birth certificate. The woman then admitted that she was being paid to smuggle the boy into the U.S. from Mexico. CBP enforcement officers arrested the woman and booked her into the El Paso County Jail where she is currently detained. The boy was processed as an unaccompanied alien child and transported to the El Paso Service Processing Center.
CBP officers working at the El Paso port of entry recorded 11 other immigration related enforcements on Wednesday including intended immigrants, impostors, false claims to U.S. citizenship and people with counterfeit entry documents.
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission routinely results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.
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.