HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested two men from Mexico after they attempted to enter the United States utilizing someone else’s entry documents. Officers also apprehended three persons with outstanding arrest warrants.
“Our officers’ great observational skill, the ability to detect anomalies with travelers and vehicles and the use of our technological resources to process all arriving persons allowed these imposters to be intercepted and not permitted to enter the U.S. illegally,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
On Saturday, Aug. 24, CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 26-year-old man from Oaxaca, Mexico at the pedestrian walkway seeking to enter the United States. An officer referred the pedestrian to secondary inspection where additional examination revealed that the valid documents he presented to enter the U.S. did not belong to him.
Less than an hour later, at the same border crossing, CBP officers arrested a 27-year-old man from Jalisco, Mexico after he attempted to enter the U.S. illegally as a pedestrian by also utilizing someone else’s entry documents.
CBP officers discovered that both men did not possess legitimate entry documents to enter or reside legally in the U.S., therefore CBP OFO arrested them and presented them before a U.S. federal magistrate for alleged violation of U.S. immigration law.
CBP officers also arrested three other persons who had outstanding arrest warrants for violations ranging from possession of controlled substances, shoplifting and a missing person.
For more information on the immigration inspection process visit this link on CBP.gov, Immigration Inspection Program.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.