U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a 19-year-old woman from Mission, Texas in connection with a failed child smuggling attempt of an 11-year-old from Mexico.
On October 26th, woman accompanied by a minor girl arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge pedestrian walkway. The woman presented U.S. birth certificates for herself and for the little girl, whom she claimed as an acquaintance and also presented a notarized letter from the alleged mother, giving her permission to travel with the child. After further inspection in secondary, officers discovered that this was an alleged smuggling attempt and that the child was not a U.S. citizen but rather a citizen from Mexico without valid documents to legally enter or reside in the United States.
CBP OFO arrested the adult woman who is being detained pending an appearance before a U.S. federal magistrate on criminal charges of alleged violation of U.S. immigration law. The minor girl will be housed at a Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement facility.