BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge intercepted a woman for alleged violations of immigration law. The Unites States citizen allegedly attempted to facilitate the entry of two children into the United States without valid entry documents.
"This alleged smuggling attempt of two girls, ages one and four years old, respectively, into the country was stopped by our CBP officers working at our country's frontline. These children are now safe thanks to our CBP officers enforcing immigration laws at our borders," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville.
On Sunday, September 15, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge a 31-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Houston, Texas and two minor children applied for admission to enter the United States. The driver presented U.S. birth certificates for the minor children as their entry documents. A CBP officer's primary inspection resulted in all the vehicle's occupants being referred to CBP secondary for further inspection and review of entry documents presented. In passport control secondary, CBP officers reviewed the birth certificates presented by the adult for the minor girls. CBP officers further determined the minor children dressed as boys are in fact girls with no legal documents to enter or reside in the United States.
CBP officers took the adult into custody for alleged violations of immigration law. The one-and four-year-old female children were processed as unaccompanied alien children and will be placed in the care of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS-ORR).
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.