BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted a woman and a man for alleged violations of immigration law. The citizens of Mexico allegedly presented a U.S. naturalization certificate and a counterfeit authorization for advanced parole (I-512) in alleged attempts to enter the country without duly-issued documents.
On Thursday, January 17, at the Brownsville Gateway International Bridge, a 22-year-old female Mexican citizen who resides in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico applied for admission to enter the United States as a pedestrian. A CBP officer's primary inspection resulted in the woman being referred to passport processing for further examination of the U.S. naturalization certificate presented as an entry document. Further review indicated that the naturalization certificate was a fraudulent document.
Just minutes later, a 22-year-old male Mexican citizen who also resides in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico applied for admission to enter the United States as a pedestrian as well. The man also was referred to passport processing for further examination of an I-512 he presented as his entry document. The I-512 appeared to be a fraudulent document. In passport secondary, CBP officers used a CBP database and discovered that the presented I-512 was in fact a fraudulent document.
CBP officers seized the document; the adults were taken into custody for alleged violations of immigration law.
"Brownsville CBP officers encounter these types of alleged attempts to enter the country on a daily basis. Our CBP officers' vigilance and dedication on the frontline have foiled these alleged attempts to circumvent our nation's immigration laws. I congratulate our officers for their service and integrity," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville 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.