U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers Thwart Alleged Smuggling Attempt of a Minor Child
Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge intercepted a woman for alleged violations of immigration law. The United States citizen allegedly attempted to facilitate a Mexican child's entry into the United States without valid entry documents.
On Tuesday, July 24, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, an 18-year-old female U.S. citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas and a minor child applied for admission to enter the United States. A CBP officer's primary inspection resulted in the vehicle and its occupants being referred to CBP secondary for further inspection and review of entry documents. In passport control secondary, CBP officers identified the minor child as a citizen of Mexico born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico with no legal documents to enter or reside in the United States.
CBP officers took the adult into custody for alleged violations of immigration law and seized the vehicle. The 11-year-old Mexican minor child was processed as an unaccompanied alien child and will be placed in the care of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement.
"CBP officers on a daily basis encounter people who allegedly attempt to enter the U.S. by using documents that belong to other people. In an effort to safeguard children and our border, CBP officers are preventing undocumented persons from entering the country thus keeping our homeland safer," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville.
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.