Criminal Justice News

Thursday, August 23, 2012

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers Foiled Alleged Smuggling Attempt of a Minor Child

Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Veterans’ International Bridge at the Brownsville port of entry 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 Saturday, August 18, 2012 at the Veterans’ International Bridge a 31-year-old female U.S. citizen who resides in Houston, 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 examination. In passport control secondary a CBP officer used a CBP database and discovered the minor child is a citizen of 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. The 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 (HHS-ORR).

“CBP officers on a daily basis stop alleged attempts to enter the U.S. by using legitimate documents that do not belong to the people for whom they are being presented. CBP officers stopped another alleged attempt to allegedly smuggle an undocumented minor into the country. I applaud the work being done by our frontline CBP officers,” said Michael Freeman, 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.

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