Child smuggler arrested at Hidalgo International Bridge

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HIDALGO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a woman from McAllen in connection with a failed child smuggling attempt involving a five-year-old boy.

“CBP Field Operations takes smuggling of persons very seriously,” said Port Director Sylvia Briones, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “People must realize that there are consequences for this type of illicit activity, especially when they involve children.”

On May 15 a 26-year-old female United States citizen arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge pedestrian walkway with a boy she claimed as her U.S. citizen child. The adult woman presented a State of Texas issued identification card for herself along with a U.S. birth certificate for both her and the young boy. A CBP officer referred them to secondary for further inspection and it was there that officers discovered that there was no relationship between the two travelers. Officers further determined that the document presented for the child was not his and the he was in fact a citizen of Mexico without valid documents to legally enter or reside in the United States.

CBP OFO arrested the woman and presented her before a U.S. federal magistrate for alleged violation of U.S. immigration law.

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