U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers Foil Alleged Smuggling Attempt of Minor Child
Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Veterans' Port of Entry recently intercepted a woman for alleged violations of immigration law. The United States citizen allegedly presented a U.S. birth certificate for a Mexican child in an alleged attempt to bring the child into the country.
On December 27, a 29-year-old female U.S. citizen, residing in Houston, applied for admission to enter the United States at the Veterans' International Bridge. The CBP primary inspection resulted in the vehicle and its occupants being referred to CBP secondary for further examination of the U.S. birth certificate presented as an entry document for the minor. In passport secondary, CBP officers used a CBP database and discovered that the presented birth certificate had not been issued to the minor for whom it was being presented. The CBP examination resulted in identifying the minor child as a citizen of Mexico with no legal immigration documents to enter or reside in the United States.
CBP officers seized the document and the adult female was taken into custody for alleged violations of immigration law. The minor child was processed and is pending reunification with her family.
"Working on the frontline, CBP officers foiled another alleged attempt to bring an undocumented minor into the country. I applaud the work being done by our CBP officers on the frontline and for the arrest of this alleged human smuggler," said Michael Freeman, Port Director, Brownsville port of entry.
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.