HIDALGO, Texas - Over the weekend, officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge detected three individuals from Mexico attempting to enter the United States illegally using fraudulent entry documents.
“Our officers’ keen sense of awareness and their attention to detail enabled them to identify these fake documents and keep these individuals from entering the U.S. illegally,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “People must realize that CBP takes these types of violations very seriously and violators will be prosecuted.”
CBP Officers assigned to the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge on Sept. 1, encountered three adult male Mexican citizens arriving from Mexico through the pedestrian lanes, attempting to enter the United States. The three travelers, identified as 29- and 37-year-old siblings and a 20-year-old, all attempted to enter the U.S. illegally by presenting fraudulent entry documents.
The two brothers arrived together, independently from the third traveler, although they were all from the State of Hidalgo, in Mexico. On all three, CBP officers noticed irregularities with the border crossing cards they presented and referred them to for secondary inspection where it was determined that the documents were in fact fraudulent and all three persons did not possess valid documents to enter or reside legally in the United States.
CBP OFO arrested the three men and presented them before a U.S. federal magistrate for alleged violation of U.S. immigration law.
Visit CBP’s website for more information on the 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.