San Francisco - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Francisco International Airport intercepted a Chinese national as she attempted enter the country using an altered Singaporean passport on Tuesday.
The female passenger arrived on a flight from Hong Kong. An alert CBP officer noticed that the subject's passport appeared to have been tampered with, and referred her for a secondary inspection. Closer scrutiny of the passport revealed that some security features of the document were changed, while others were missing.
"Our officers are vigilant and highly trained in the detection of counterfeit documents. This interception is an example of how CBP works daily to prevent unauthorized entry into the United States," said Richard Vigna, San Francisco CBP director of Field Operations.
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.