Laredo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry during a 24-hour period on America's birthday detected nine separate alleged violations of immigration law, including entry with legitimate documents belonging to other people, use of altered entry documents and an alleged attempt to bring in a nine-year-old Mexican national girl with another child's document.
One of the more notable cases developed when a bus passenger applied for admission to the U.S. at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge on July 4, 2012. The passenger applied for entry as a U.S. citizen and presented a U.S. passport. A CBP officer referred the passenger to secondary for further inspection. Further review determined that the passport was allegedly altered and the passenger was a 43-year-old male Mexican citizen with no documents to enter or reside in the U.S. CBP officers processed the man for alleged violations of federal immigration law.
In another notable case, CBP officers at Gateway to the Americas Bridge referred a 31-year-old male Mexican citizen pedestrian to secondary examination after he presented a U.S. passport for a minor female traveling with him. CBP officers conducted further review and discovered that the U.S. Passport belongs to another child and the nine year-old girl is a Mexican citizen with no legal documents to enter or reside in the U.S. CBP officers processed the 31-year-old man for alleged violations of federal immigration law. The child was turned over to the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS-ORR).
In a third notable case, CBP officers at the same bridge processed a 45-year-old Mexican citizen for alleged violations of immigration law after he applied for entry but claimed to have lost his resident alien card. Further review by CBP officers determined that the man had been previously removed in 2003 after completing a four-year prison sentence for assault.
"Our frontline CBP officers remained focused and detected nine separate alleged violations of immigration law on the Fourth of July," said Sidney Aki, CBP Port Director, Laredo. "Their continued dedication to the CBP mission helps uphold the laws that keep our nation strong and our citizens and our borders safe and secure."
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 keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.