BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge intercepted a woman and a man for alleged violations of immigration law. The United States citizens allegedly attempted to facilitate two Mexican children's entry into the United States without valid entry documents.
On Monday, August 19, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge a 33-year-old female and 35-year-old male both United States citizens who reside in Brownsville, Texas and three 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 vehicle 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 driver for the minor children. CBP officers identified two of the minors as a citizen of Mexico with no legal documents to enter or reside in the United States.
CBP officers took the adults into custody for alleged violations of immigration law. The 15-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl 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). The 8-year-old U.S. citizen minor was turned over to an adult family member.
"The alleged smuggling attempt of these children into the country was prevented by our CBP officers enforcing immigration laws on the frontline, a vital part of protecting our country's borders. I applaud our CBP officers for their vigilance, their service and integrity as they protect children from alleged child smugglers," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville.
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.