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.