Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Anzalduas International Bridge Nab Child Smuggler
MISSION, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Anzalduas/Reynosa International Bridge arrested a Mercedes resident in a failed attempt to allegedly smuggle a seven-month-old infant into the United States.
On March 25, CBP officers working at the Anzalduas International Bridge encountered a green 1996 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and its four occupants. The driver, a 30-year-old male Mexican national from Mercedes, Texas presented his legal resident card and two minor females, ages 17 and 12, presented U.S. birth certificates for themselves and for an infant female as well. The vehicle and occupants were referred into secondary for further investigation and document review where it was discovered that the seven-month-old female infant was not related to the two minor females but was in fact a citizen and national from El Salvador without any documents to enter or reside in the United States.
The adult male traveler was incarcerated pending appearance before a U.S. Federal Magistrate on criminal charges for violation of U.S. immigration law. The two minor female sisters were released to the custody of an adult family member who was contacted and arrived at the port to pick them up. The female infant was turned over to the custody of a Health and Human Services-Office of Refugee Resettlement facility where she will be temporarily housed.
"Our officers' diligence and excellent investigative techniques uncovered yet another failed human smuggling attempt. I commend our officers for having kept this infant out of harm's way and enforcing our nation's immigration laws," said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.