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 Mexican citizen allegedly attempted to facilitate an El Salvador child's entry into the United States without valid entry documents.
On Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge a 38-year-old female Mexican citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas and a minor child applied for admission to enter the United States. The driver presented a U.S. birth certificate for the minor child as the child's entry document. 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 adult for the minor child. CBP officers identified the minor child as a citizen of El Salvador 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 nine-year-old female child was processed as an unaccompanied alien child and will be placed in the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS-ORR).
"This alleged smuggling attempt of a nine year-old girl into the country was stopped by our CBP officers working to protect our country's borders. Enforcing immigration laws on the frontline is a vital part of protecting our country. I commend our officers for their vigilance, their service and integrity as they prevent alleged child smuggling," 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.