CBP Officers at Hidalgo International Bridge Detect Imposters
HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge continue their vigilance and have arrested three persons attempting to enter the U.S. illegally by utilizing someone else’s documents.
“I commend our frontline officers for their excellent sense of awareness and continued perseverance which was exemplified by these great detections of imposters attempting to circumvent the legal entry process,” said Port Director Andres Guerra, Hidalgo/Pharr/ Anzalduas Port of Entry. “People must understand the serious consequences involved with attempting this type of violation.”
On Sep. 27, CBP officers at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 21-year-old female at the pedestrian walkway who presented a U.S. passport card along with a State of Texas issued identification card. Further inspection revealed that the female was in fact a citizen of Mexico, who did not possess valid documents to enter or reside legally in the United States.
That same day at same border crossing, CBO officers referred a 31-year-old male Mexican citizen after detecting irregularities with the entry documents he presented to enter the U.S.
In secondary, officers confirmed his true identity through biometric verification and also that the Mexican border-crossing card did not belong to him.
The last interception occurred on Sep. 22 at the Hidalgo International Bridge as well. CBP officers referred a 20-year-old female Mexican citizen from the pedestrian lanes for further inspection. After further review, officers determined that the border-crossing card she presented did not belong to her and therefore did not possess any valid documents to legally enter or reside in the United States.
CBP OFO arrested all three travelers and detained them until they could be presented before a Federal U.S. Magistrate for alleged violation of U.S. immigration law.
For more information on the immigration inspection process visit this link on CBP.gov, Immigration Inspection Program.
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.