TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers arrested an El Salvadoran national Monday who was identified as an imposter attempting to cross through the Port of San Luis.
The 18-year-old male presented a valid U.S. Passport travel card to the CBP officer which identified him as a 22-year-old Colorado man. Using the Simplified Arrival system, officers identified the man as a mismatch, which led him to being referred for secondary questioning. He later admitted to his true identity as well as his citizenship, telling officers he was intending to travel to New Jersey.
Using another person’s identity document is a serious violation of U.S. immigration laws that could result in criminal prosecution. In this case, the traveler was deemed inadmissible to the United States and referred for criminal prosecution.
While providing a level of convenience for the traveler, facial recognition helps CBP swiftly identify impostors. CBP’s primary mission is to protect the United States from potential threats and the facial comparison biometrics system is one part of CBPs’ strategy to deploy the best technology available to protect the American people.
The new, Simplified Arrival process enables increased security, faster throughput, and better efficiency. Additional details about CBP’s biometric entry/exit program are available at www.CBP.gov.