Progreso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Progreso Port of Entry intercepted a woman for alleged violations of immigration law. The United States citizen allegedly presented a U.S. birth certificate for a Mexican child in an alleged attempt to bring her into the country.
On Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Progreso International Bridge a 21-year-old U.S citizen female who resides in Weslaco, Texas applied for admission to enter the United States as a pedestrian accompanied by several family members identified as U.S citizens who reside in Weslaco, Texas and a four-year-old girl.
A CBP officer at primary inspection referred the family to passport processing further examination after reviewing the U.S. birth certificate presented as entry documents for the minor child. In passport secondary, CBP officers used a CBP database and discovered that the presented birth certificate had not been issued to the minor for whom it was being presented. CBP officers' examination resulted in identifying the four-year-old child as a citizen of Mexico with no legal immigration documents to enter or reside in the United States.
CBP officers seized the document; the adult was taken into custody for alleged violations of immigration law. The minor child was placed in a juvenile facility pending the outcome of the case.
"Vigilance on the frontline by CBP officers has foiled this alleged smuggling attempt. I congratulate our officers for their continued vigilance, service and integrity," said Carlos Rodriguez, CBP port director for Progreso/Donna.
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.