Houston Woman Gets Caught Smuggling Child

BROWNSVILLE–A Houston woman gets arrested Tuesday after she tries to present a fake birth certificate in an attempt to smuggle a child across the border in Brownsville.

Roberta Ausencio, 29,  of Houston, was entering at Veterans International Bridge with a 13-year-old girl she claimed was her daughter.

While in secondary, Customs and Border Protection officers discovered a present birth certificate hadn’t been issued in that minor’s name.

When they started asking questions, Ausencio confessed the child was a citizen of Mexico and not an American citizen. She also told authorities she was paid $1,500 to smuggle the child into the Rio Grande Valley.

CBP seized the document and took Ausencio into custody. They also processed the minor and reunited her with her family.



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