Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo port of entry intercepted a woman for alleged violations of immigration law. The citizen of Mexico allegedly presented a U.S. birth certificate for a Mexican child in an alleged attempt to bring the child into the country.
On Tuesday, December 20 at the Hidalgo International Bridge, a 21-year-old female Mexican citizen who resides in Arlington, Texas applied for admission to enter the United States as a pedestrian accompanied by minor child. A CBP officer's primary inspection resulted in the pair being referred to passport processing for further examination of the U.S. birth certificate presented as an entry document for the minor. In passport secondary, CBP officers used a CBP database and discovered that the presented birth certificate had not been issued to the minor for whom it was being presented. CBP officers' examination resulted in identifying the eleven-month-old child as a citizen of Mexico with no legal immigration documents to enter or reside in the United States. Further research resulted in the discovery that this alleged attempt to bring the child into the country is the second attempt in the last two months; the first alleged attempt occurred at the Pharr International Bridge.
CBP officers seized the document; the adult female was taken into custody for alleged violations of immigration law. The minor child was turned over to his parents and returned to Mexico.
"Hidalgo CBP officers encounter these types of alleged smuggling attempts as a vital part of protecting our borders. Vigilance and a keen sense of dedication by our officers on the frontline have foiled this alleged smuggling attempt. I congratulate our officers for their service and integrity," said Sylvia Briones, CBP acting port director, Hidalgo/Pharr.
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.