CBP Officers Halt a Smuggling Attempt at Eagle Pass Port
EAGLE PASS, Texas – On July 15, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry arrested two women attempting to smuggle three minor children from Mexico.
“This is an example of how our officers are always vigilant,” said Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. “Our officers prevented three children from being exploited as human cargo in an alleged smuggling attempt.”
At approximately 11:18 p.m., the officers at the Camino Real International Bridge, inspected a 2008 Ford Focus sedan driven by a U.S. citizen, as it arrived from Mexico. The driver, a 37-year-old woman was accompanied by a 34-year-old U.S. citizen woman and four young children. During the course of the examination, CBP officers ascertained that the women had presented U.S. birth certificates for three minor children traveling in the vehicle that were not U.S. citizens but Mexican citizens with no legal documents to enter or reside in the U.S. The fourth child was verified to be a U.S. citizen and biological child of the driver.
The driver and passenger, both from Eagle Pass, will appear before a U.S. magistrate in connection with alleged violation of immigration law.
The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within U.S. Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.