PHILADEPHIA—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Philadelphia International Airport detected an Albanian woman and her minor child who posed as Italian citizens in an attempt to gain unlawful entry into the United States Friday. The woman and child were refused admission and returned to Germany.
The woman's name is not being released as she was not criminally prosecuted.
The pair arrived from Frankfurt and presented Italian passports. A CBP officer referred the pair to a secondary inspection so that CBP officers could closely examine their documents. Several issues with the passport's biographical page led officers to conclude that each passport was altered.
CBP officers undergo extensive training to detect anomalies in fraudulent and altered identity documents.
"Immigration fraud is a very serious offense and detecting this fraud is a paramount concern for Customs and Border Protection. We must be certain that the visitor presenting the document is the legitimate owner of that document and not someone seeking unlawful immigration benefits, or is hell bent on causing harm to our nation, to our citizens and to our economy," said Allan Martocci, CBP port director for the area port of Philadelphia. "The United States is a welcoming nation, but we're not too welcoming to those who deliberately violate and disrespect our nation's laws."
Customs and Border Protection maintains a robust posture regarding the enforcement of our immigration laws and occasionally intercepts impostors, fake or altered identity documents, and applicants presenting legitimate documents belonging to other people.
Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP's Travel website to learn rules governing travel to and from the U.S.
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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.