BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge intercepted two men for alleged violations of immigration law. The two Mexican citizens attempted to enter the United States as imposters with alleged altered entry documents.
On Saturday, May 11, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge a man identified as a 34-year-old Mexican citizen who resides in Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosi, Mexico applied for admission to enter the United States as a pedestrian. A CBP officer's primary inspection of the entry documents revealed a possible altered visa. The primary CBP officer referred the man to passport control secondary for further inspection and review of the entry documents he presented. In passport control secondary, CBP officers identified the man as a citizen of Mexico with no legal documents to enter or reside in the United States.
The second case on Saturday and just one hour later also occurred at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge when a 40-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico applied for admission to enter the United States as a pedestrian. A primary CBP officer referred the male to passport processing for further examination of the visa he presented as his entry document. In passport secondary, CBP officers used a CBP database and discovered that the visa was an alleged altered document and the man presenting it had no legal documents to enter or reside in the United States.
In both cases CBP officers took the men into custody for alleged violations of U.S. immigration laws and seized all documents.
"These two men were intercepted as they attempted to enter the country with alleged altered documents. I commend our officers for continually training to keep these imposters from using legitimate but altered documents as their own," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville.
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.