Hidalgo and Pharr, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge intercepted three female alleged impostors in three days during the last week of May.
On May 26, CBP officers working the northbound pedestrian lanes at the Hidalgo International Bridge came in contact with a female pedestrian. At the primary inspection area, the 19-year-old, Mexican citizen presented a B1/B2 travel visa. A CBP officer referred the traveler for further inspection. Officers established that the alleged travel visa presented by the traveler did not belong to her.
On May 27, Hidalgo CBP officers working the northbound pedestrian lanes came in contact with a 21-year-old woman from Tamasopo, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The woman presented a B1/B2 travel visa, which CBP officers established did not belong to her.
On May 28, CBP officers working at the Pharr International Bridge detained a northbound female traveler. The 19-year-old Mexican citizen presented a U.S. resident alien card. CBP officers established that the resident alien card presented by the traveler did not belong to her.
CBP officers seized the travel documents and arrested all three females on alleged violations of immigration law.
Hector A. Mancha, CBP port director, Hidalgo-Pharr said, "Our frontline officers continue to conduct primary inspections and database checks to screen arriving international travelers." Mancha further said, "our enforcement work at both at primary and secondary and access to CBP databases are tools that helped us identify these people as impostors."
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.