PROGRESO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Progreso International Bridge intercepted a woman for alleged violations of immigration law. The United States citizen allegedly attempted to facilitate a Mexican five-month-old child's entry into the United States without valid entry documents.
On Saturday, June 15, at the Progreso International Bridge a 17-year-old female U.S. citizen and a minor child applied for admission to enter the United States as pedestrians. 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 17-year-old for the minor child. CBP officers identified the minor child as a citizen of Mexico born in Chiapas, Mexico with no legal documents to enter or reside in the United States. CBP offices further identified the driver of a grey Cadillac Escalade in the parking lot adjacent to the Port of Entry as the alleged smuggler of the minor child.
CBP officers took the adult into custody for alleged violations of immigration law. The five-month-old Mexican minor child was processed as an unaccompanied alien child and was returned to his parents in Mexico.
"This alleged smuggling attempt of a five-month-old child into the country was thwarted thanks to the great work by our CBP officers working at our nations' borders. Stopping the movement of children by would-be smugglers at the border helps to keep these children out of possible harm's way," said Carlos Rodriguez, CBP port director, Progreso/Donna 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.