Douglas, Ariz. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers apprehended four illegal immigrants who were attempting to commit fraud and go undetected by intermingling with legitimate travelers.
During the first week of July, four unrelated illegal immigrants were apprehended at the Douglas port of entry. Each one was attempting to use fraudulent means in order to live in the U.S. CBP officers detected the attempted deceit during the screening process and took the illegal immigrants into custody.
One immigrant was identified as a 51-year-old woman from Chihuahua, Mexico. The woman had obtained a valid border crossing document that only authorizes the holder to visit the U.S. The CBP officers discovered that the woman had been living and working illegally in the U.S. for the past ten years.
The second immigrant was identified as a 49-year-old man from Sonora, Mexico. The man had no identifying documents and was claiming to be a U.S. citizen. CBP officers discovered that the man was actually an aggravated felon and had an extensive criminal history for dangerous drugs.
The third immigrant was identified as a 25-year-old man from Sinaloa, Mexico. CBP officers discovered that the man had extensive criminal history for aiding and abetting illegal immigrants into the U.S. The man was assuming someone else's identity in order to avoid detection.
The fourth immigrant was identified as a 31-year-old man from Michoacán, Mexico. CBP officers found that the man had several serious immigration violations and had been living and working illegally in the U.S.
The 51-year-old woman was processed for removal from the U.S. and sent back to Mexico, while the other three were taken before a federal magistrate.
Since June 1, CBP officers have apprehended 52 illegal immigrants at the Douglas port of entry who were attempting to live in the U.S. using fraudulent means.
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