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.