Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers apprehended four undocumented individuals in the span of three hours as they attempted to enter the United States by intermingling with legitimate travelers.
On Sunday, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. four unrelated undocumented individuals attempted to make entry into the United States via the Douglas Port of Entry pedestrian lane. Each one had acquired a real border crossing document that did not belong to them. Even though the photos on the documents closely resembled the individuals attempting entry, the CBP officers became suspicious and each one was referred for further interview. One individual was identified as a 32-year-old woman from El Salvador. The second individual was identified as a 38-year-old woman from Sonora, Mexico. The third individual was identified as a 35-year-old man from Chihuahua, Mexico and the fourth individual was identified as a 39-year-old man from Michoacán, Mexico. Further interview by CBP officers revealed that all four individuals had acquired lost or stolen legal documents that belonged to legitimate travelers and were using them in hopes of making entry into the United States.
CBP Officers took custody of the individuals and they were taken before a federal magistrate for prosecution proceedings.
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.