Brownsville, TX - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted a man and a woman for alleged violations of immigration law. The two adults allegedly presented U. S. birth certificates for two Honduran children in an alleged attempt to bring them into the country.
On Friday, October 21, 2011 at Veterans' International Bridge a 27-year-old U.S citizen male who resides in Houston, Texas applied for admission to enter the United States as the driver of a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban accompanied by an adult female, identified as a 19-year-old U.S citizen, who also resides in Houston, Texas. The adults were traveling with three minor children. A CBP officer at primary inspection referred the Suburban and its occupants to secondary for further examination after reviewing the U.S. birth certificates presented as entry documents for the minor children. In secondary, CBP officers used a CBP database and discovered that the presented birth certificates had not been issued to the two minors for whom they were being presented. CBP officers' research revealed that the eight and 10-year-old boys were Honduran citizens with no legal immigration documents to enter or reside in the United States.
CBP officers seized the documents; both adults were taken into custody for alleged violations of immigration law. The two Honduran children were placed in a juvenile facility pending the outcome of the case. The third minor identified as a U.S. citizen was turned over to his grandmother.
"CBP officers working primary stopped this alleged smuggling attempt and prevented the introduction of these minor children into the country with no legal immigration documents to enter the United States. I applaud our officers for their continued enforcement of immigration laws, their service and vigilance on the frontline," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville.
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.