Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville port of entry intercepted a man and a woman for alleged violations of immigration law. The citizens of Mexico allegedly presented a counterfeit resident alien card and a border crossing card, respectively, in alleged attempts to enter the country without duly-issued documents.
On Sunday, March 10, at the Brownsville Gateway International Bridge, a 39-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico applied for admission to enter the United States as a pedestrian. A CBP officer's primary inspection resulted in the man being referred to passport processing for further examination of the resident alien card, also known as a green card, presented as an entry document. Further review indicated that the resident alien card was a fraudulent document.
On the same day at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, a 40-year-old female Mexican citizen who resides in Mexico City, Mexico applied for admission to enter the United States as a pedestrian as well. The woman also was referred to passport processing for further examination of a border crossing card she presented as her entry document. In passport secondary, CBP officers used a CBP database and discovered that the border crossing card had not been issued to the person presenting it as her entry document.
CBP officers seized the documents; both adults were taken into custody for alleged violations of immigration law.
"Brownsville's CBP officers encounter these types of alleged attempts to enter the country on a regular basis. CBP officers' vigilance and dedication on the border has once again proven vital with the interception of these alleged attempts to enter the country without duly-issued documents. I commend our officers on a job well done," 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.