Child smuggling attempt stopped by U.S. Customs in South Texas

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge, arrested a 20-year-old woman from Weslaco after discovering she was allegedly attempting to smuggle an 11-year-old minor from Mexico.

“While performing our daily duties, our officers check the identity of everyone seeking to enter the United States, which is how most human smuggling cases are detected,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr. in a press release from the agency.

Recently, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a woman arriving from Mexico in a vehicle with a minor male child as a passenger. During primary examination, she presented a U.S. birth certificate for the child, claiming he was her brother.

She was then referred to secondary inspection, where CBP officers discovered that the U.S. birth certificate did not belong to the child she claimed was her brother. The minor, an 11-year-old Mexican citizen, did not have any valid documents to enter or reside in the U.S.

CBP-OFO arrested the woman for alleged violation of U.S. immigration law.