El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso Port of Entry recorded a total of 15 immigration related violations on Monday.
Intended immigrants made up the largest group of violators. A total of 10 were identified through interviews with CBP officers and thorough document exams. These people generally posses a legally issued B-1/B-2 nonimmigrant visa (laser visa) which allows them to temporarily enter the United States to visit. The document does not permit the person to work or reside in the United States. In most cases CBP officers are able to determine that the border crosser is violating the terms of their document. Violators generally lose their documents and are returned to Mexico.
"This is a busy period at our ports of entry and some people will attempt use the crowds and blend into the legal traffic in an effort to circumvent the border crossing procedures," said El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha. "The level of traffic does not impact the CBP inspection process. CBP officers remain vigilant during all periods and as a result 10 people have lost their ability to legally enter the U.S."
During the course of the day CBP officers at the El Paso port of entry also identified three immigrant smugglers, one person making a false claim to U.S. citizenship, and one person who had entered the country without inspection. While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.
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.