PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers refused admission to a Guinean man for being an impostor to a Belgium passport he presented to officers Friday at Philadelphia International Airport.
A biometric examination revealed that the man, who arrived on a flight from Belgium, had previously been denied two travel visas under two different names about 10 years ago. Confronted with these details, the traveler admitted to being from Guinea and that the passport wasn’t his.
The Guinean man’s name is not being released because he wasn’t criminally charged. CBP officers refused his admission as an immigration law violator and returned him to Belgium the following day.
“Immigration fraud is a very serious national security concern. Detecting this fraud is a paramount enforcement priority for Customs and Border Protection,” said Susan Stranieri, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia. “CBP officers see on average more than 5,000 international arrivals every day here, and biometric technology helps us to more quickly detect potential immigration anomalies and keep legitimate visitors moving toward their destinations.”
On a typical day, CBP officers processed the admission of 1,026,234 passengers and pedestrians at our nation’s 328 international ports of entry, and refused admission to 241 inadmissible persons. View CBP’s Snapshot for more typical day stats.
Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP’s Travel website to learn more about the CBP admissions process and rules governing travel to and from the U.S.
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