HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Hidalgo, Texas intercepted a woman for alleged violations of immigration law. The U.S. citizen allegedly attempted to facilitate a Mexican citizen's entry into the U.S. without valid entry documents..
Yesterday at the Hidalgo International Bridge a 35-year-old female U.S. citizen who resides in Mission, Texas and woman applied for admission to enter the United States. A CBP officer's primary inspection resulted in both being referred to CBP secondary for further inspection and review of entry documents presented. In passport control secondary, CBP officers reviewed the birth certificate presented by the driver of the gray 2009 Ford Edge for her passenger. CBP officers identified the female passenger as a 19-year-old Mexico citizen born in Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico with no legal documents to enter or reside in the United States.
CBP officers arrested the driver for alleged violations of immigration law and seized her vehicle.
"This alleged smuggling attempt was prevented as a direct result of the great work by our CBP officers on the frontline. I applaud our officers for keeping these types of smuggling attempts from taking place at our nations' borders crossings," said Efrain Solis, Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas 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.