BROWNSVILLE–U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Veterans’ Port of Entry intercepted a woman and her boyfriend Thursday for trying to smuggle a 10-year-old child across a Brownsville bridge.
A 34-year-old female U.S. citizen, who is from North Carolina, her 36-year-old boyfriend, a Mexican citizen, and four minor children applied for admission to enter the United States.
CBP officers discovered that one of the minor children was from Villahermosa, Mexico with no legal documents to enter or reside in the United States.
The adults were taken into custody for alleged violations of immigration law. The 10-year-old Mexican minor child was processed, reunited with his mother and returned to Mexico. The three other children were turned over to family members.
One week earlier, a Georgia woman was arrested for trying to do the same thing at Veterans International Bridge with the similar scenario, smuggling a Mexican child with her own three children.
CBP reports a 36-year-old driver presented a U.S. passport for herself and three of her children, while showing a birth certificate for a 7-year-old child.
After further review, CBP officers found out the children ages 11, 14, and 17 were her biologicial children. The younger child wasn’t her and was a Mexican citizen who didn’t have documents to enter the U.S.
The female traveler was arrested on criminal charges for violation of U.S. immigration law. The adult traveler’s three children were released to the custody of Department of Child Protective Services (CPS) and the undocumented child was released to a Health and Human Services-Office of Refugee Resettlement facility where she will be temporarily housed.