U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers Stop Alleged Smuggling Attempt at the Border
Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Veterans' International Bridge intercepted a woman for alleged violations of immigration law. The United States citizen allegedly attempted to facilitate a Mexican citizen's entry into the United States without valid entry documents.
On Wednesday, at the Veterans' International Bridge a 40-year-old female U.S. citizen who resides in Houston arrived, accompanied by two children and a 19-year-old female, and applied for admission to enter the United States. A CBP officer's primary inspection resulted in the vehicle and its occupants being referred for further inspection and review of entry documents. In passport control, CBP officers identified the adult female passenger 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 and seized the vehicle. The two minor children were released to an adult family member
"CBP officers routinely examine documents and find travelers without appropriate entry documentation. As CBP officers guard against terrorists and weapons of terrorism and enforce immigration laws they encountered this alleged smuggling attempt," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.