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CBP Officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge Arrest Foreigners Attempting to Enter Illegally

Release Date: 
November 8, 2011

Hidalgo, Texas -U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge intercepted five Mexican nationals attempting to enter the U.S. by allegedly utilizing counterfeit or altered documents or by posing as imposters to legitimate lost/stolen documents.

On October 29, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a male Mexican national, 38, at the pedestrian walkway. The traveler presented a border crossing card and a CBP officer referred him to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers discovered that the traveler was not the true owner of the document and arrested him for violation of U.S. immigration law.

On November 1, CBP officers at Hidalgo came in contact with a male Mexican national, 35, from Veracruz, Mexico. The traveler arrived as a pedestrian and presented a border crossing card. A CBP officer referred the traveler to secondary for further inspection and it was there that officers discovered that the legitimate document had allegedly been altered to reflect his picture. The traveler was arrested for violation of U.S. immigration law.

On November 2, a male Mexican national, 33, arrived as a pedestrian at the Hidalgo International Bridge. The traveler from Sonora, Mexico presented a Mexican passport with a U.S. visa to the officer and was referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers discovered that the visa was allegedly counterfeit with his picture attached. The traveler was arrested for violation of U.S. immigration law.

On November 3, CBP officers at Hidalgo encountered a male Mexican citizen, 25, from Sonora, Mexico at the pedestrian walkway. The traveler presented a border crossing card and a CBP officer referred him to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers discovered that the traveler was not the true owner of the legitimate document and arrested him for violation of U.S. immigration law.

On November 5, CBP officers at Hidalgo came in contact with a 25-year-old male Mexican citizen from Guadalajara, Mexico arriving as a pedestrian. The traveler presented a border crossing card and was referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers discovered that he was not the true owner of the document. The traveler was arrested for violation of U.S. immigration law.

All of the travelers were incarcerated pending appearance before a U.S. federal magistrate on criminal violations of U.S. immigration law.

Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr said, "Our officers have made significant interceptions by detecting these persons allegedly attempting to enter our county illegally. The continued enforcement of our nation's immigration laws at the ports of entry embraces CBP's main mission in securing our borders."

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017