Custom officers stop alleged smuggling attempt of young girl
POSTED: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 9:17am
UPDATED: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 9:24am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge on Tuesday intercepted a woman for alleged violations of immigration law. The United States citizen allegedly attempted to facilitate the entry of a young girl into the United States without valid entry documents.
On Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge a 37-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas and four minor children applied for admission to enter the United States. The driver presented U.S. birth certificates for the minor children as their entry documents. A CBP officer’s primary inspection resulted in all the vehicle’s occupants being referred to CBP secondary for further inspection and review of entry documents presented. In passport control secondary, CBP officers reviewed the birth certificates presented by the adult for the minor children. CBP officers determined that one of the children dressed as a boy is in fact a girl 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. Three of the children were released to family members. The fourth child, identified as a seven-year-old citizen of Mexico, 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).